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Looking ahead to the Vancouver Olympics 2010: Natalie Darwitz

Natalie Darwitz tries to pass to a teammate behind the net on December 30, 2009.
Natalie Darwitz tries to pass to a teammate behind the net on December 30, 2009.
AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler

Natalie Darwitz was born and raised in Eagan, Minnesota which is a southern suburb of Minneapolis. The 26-year-old has been the captain of the Women’s U.S. Hockey Team since the start of the 2007-2008 season and she will continue on as team captain for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Darwitz attended the University of Minnesota’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association where she had 246 career points and 144 assists. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business with emphasis in Sport Management.

At the start of the 2008-2009 season Natalie became an Assistant Coach of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Women’s Hockey Team. At the end of that same season, she stepped down to concentrate on the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

Natalie played for the U.S. Women’s Hockey team in both the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Games. She won a silver medal in Salt Lake City and a bronze medal in Turin, Italy.

Natalie Darwitz and eight other members of the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team will be visiting University Avenue Elementary school in Blaine today at 1:30 CST as part of the Junior Achievement Program.

For Natalie and the rest of the U.S. Women's Hockey Team, the puck will drop Sunday, February 14, 2010.

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