Julie Chu won a silver medal on Thursday when the United States was defeated by Canada in Olympic women’s hockey. While the medal moment seemed deflated as the American team had their hearts set on gold, it appears that they really are satisfied with representing America well. Hockey player Julie Chu should be happy to hear that she was chosen by Team USA on Friday to carry the flag at the Olympic Closing Ceremonies.
“4x Olympic hockey medalist Julie Chu (@juliechu13) selected as #TeamUSA’s flag bearer for @Sochi2014 Closing Ceremony:..” tweeted US Olympic news from the official Twitter account. Sharing the decision with the country, the USA team members seemed to be thrilled to hear it is Julie Chu. Messages of congratulations were being sent by fans on social media too.
While athletes love their sport, the only bigger honor at the Olympic Games is to carry the flag of their country. A ceremonial position full of tradition, it gives people an opportunity to focus on the athlete that had made a unique contribution to the team.
Whispers are heard that Julie Chu is expected to retire after the Sochi Olympics. Honoring her with the position of carrying the flag has to be important before she says goodbye. The star will be in her middle 30’s during the next Olympics and it would not be surprising if a new Olympic women’s hockey team would be composed by then.