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USA’s Kendall Coyne Schofield to Shoot for Back-to-Back Ice Hockey Gold in Beijing

INTERNATIONAL: USA’s Kendall Coyne Schofield tells her story in a new book as she looks to earn another Olympic gold medal in Beijing with her teammates. Kendall Coyne Schofield never wanted to be a figure skater, instead she adored hours spent playing shinny hockey with her older brother but found herself in a pair of figure skates at age 3 with the rest of the girls at the local ice rink.

Coyne Schofield, who would grow up to become an Olympic gold medalist in ice hockey, lasted two days before she insisted on skating with the boys. And on Thurday, she's gunning for a spot at the Beijing Games in an entirely new era for girls’ sports.

She says, "It's been an awesome process so far. Our team is training full time in Blaine, Minnesota and we've been here since October 1st. So, about a month-and-a-half. It's been so awsome to be together because given the pandemic and the structure in non-Olympic years we're not together, so, to be able to be together and get reps together, coaching together, the resources that we have, the treatment, you know, the therapy and all the sessions that we have here together is just incredible and it's getting us a step close to our goal.”

The 29-year-old, who picked up gold in 2018 and silver in 2014, hopes to inspire the next generation of girls with her new book "As Fast As Her: Dream Big, Break Barriers, Achieve Success," which melds memoir with practical advice for young adults.

She's made a career out of breaking barriers, becoming the first woman to compete in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in 2019 and was hired as a development coach for the Chicago Blackhawks a year ago.

The next step in her journey could very well be Beijing, as she has trained full-time since October 1 in Minnesota with other hopefuls for Team USA.

The squad will walk into the 2022 Games with a target on their back after they ended Canada's streak of four back-to-back Olympic golds in Pyeongchang.

She has added, "Yes, because we won the gold medal you can look at it as "hunted vs hunting" kind of mindset, but I think for us you look back at that 2018 team and this is a completely different team. This is four years later and a lot has happened in those four years.”

PHOTO: INTERVIEW WITH OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WINNER KENDALL COYNE SCHOFIELD OF THE USA WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY TEAM WITH OLYMPIC STILLS


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