If you have not heard of Julie Chu, you are probably in good company with most of the American population. Women’s hockey has never been a focal point of the U.S. sports culture, but with the 2014 Winter Olympics coming up in Febraury, the Rant Sports team is profiling some of the most talented athletes we will be sending to compete for our country in Russia. As such, it is time to learn everything you ever wanted to know about Chu and her journey to Sochi.
Chu is a four-time Olympian having participated with the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team in 2002, 2006 and 2010. The 5-8 forward put together a fantastic collegiate career right encased her first two Olympic experiences as she scored 88 goals and racked up 196 assists in 129 NCAA games for a total of 284 points. And do not even think about assuming Chu fits the dumb jock stereotype as the Connecticut native spent her collegiate years at Harvard University.
The first three trips to the Olympics were fairly successful for Chu and her teammates as the squad managed to earn medals at each Olympiad. Chu has managed to record 15 total points over that span with four goals and eleven assists.
In order for the United States to contend for a medal in Sochi, the team will need Chu’s veteran skills and leadership to help guide them there. She will not be scoring two goals a game, but her savvy talent and aged poise will be just as integral to the group’s success.
Julie Chu Fun Facts:
1. While playing for Harvard, Chu earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
2. Chu has played for both the Minnesota Whitecaps and the Montreal Stars in professional women’s hockey leagues since 2007.
3. Julie has helped the U.S. National Team win the Women’s World Championships five times and aided in winning the silver medal five other years.
4. Chu began playing hockey when she was eight years old and was only 19 when she went to her first Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
5. She held the NCAA record for most points in a career (285) until later being eclipsed.
6. Chu appeared in ESPN The Magazine’s ever-controversial Body Issue in 2011.