Last night the Winter Olympics in Vancouver concluded. The U.S women's hockey team is coming back with a silver medal. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Branford native Caitlin Cahow about her experience.
Caitlin Cahow plays defense for the US women's team. This wasn't her first Olympics - she competed in 2006, and she's played hockey since her time at the Hotchkiss school and at Harvard. In 2006, the women won a bronze medal, and Cahow says playing for the gold was definitely a goal for them this time around. The women played a physical game, but in the end, it wasn't enough.
"Canada just got the goals in early, and that's what you needed to win that game. You really needed to hang onto momentum early in the game to be successful and Canada was able to do that scoring two goals.
It was a very back and forth game. I thought we were very evenly matched but they were just two goals better last night, that's sometimes how it happens."
Much is made about winning the gold in Olympics, and Canada is on a streak, having won gold in 2002 and 2006.
Cahow says there's no doubt the US and Canada are huge rivals, but she notes, they've beat Canada in the world hockey championships for the last two years.
"We know each other very, very well at this point and we're two proud hockey nations. And every time you get that kind of combination on the ice, there are going to be fireworks. It's really great to be part of it and share in that tradition."
Now, Cahow says the team will come back to the U.S and take some time off before regrouping under the USA hockey organization and practicing for their chance for gold, this time in 2014.