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Julie Chu: Olympic ice hockey champion to carry flag at closing ceremony

Julie Chu: Olympic ice hockey champion to carry flag at closing ceremony.
Julie Chu: Olympic ice hockey champion to carry flag at closing ceremony.
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Julie Chu will be carrying the United States flag at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday. The forward for the silver medal winning women's ice hockey team was chosen for the honor by her teammates. According to the Chicago Tribune on Feb. 21, the team arrived at their selection of the 31-year-old after a vote.

'I'm completely humbled and kind of in shock. I never imagined that this would happen, especially knowing how strong the U.S. delegation is,' Chu said in a statement released by the United States Olympic Committee.

Julie Chu is now a four-time medalist, taking home three silver and one bronze medal for her efforts on the ice. The women's ice hockey team was in striking distance of a gold medal until the final four minutes of their championship game with Canada. The Canadians scored two goals late in the game and defeated the American team in overtime.

This is likely Julie Chu's final Olympics as she will be in her mid-thirties by the next edition in 2018 to be held in South Korea. She was the first Asian American to play for the U.S. women's ice hockey team.

Julie Chu played ice hockey since she was a child. She played in college at Harvard University, at the World Championships and professionally in addition to four winter Olympics. Leading up to the 2014 Olympics she coached at Union College. She stepped down from her position during the 2012-2013 season to focus fulltime on the Olympic games.

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