Julie Chu: U.S Olympic Hockey Player

February 11, 2010

Have you met the girls on the Hockey team? They are Hot, they are tough and they have come to win the gold. This is the case of Julie Chu, U.S Olympic Hockey player. Keep reading to get to know her, plus check the photos and video below.

Julie Chu

Julie is the first Asian descendant on the Olympic team, her father Wah was born in China but moved as a child to New York’s Chinatown where he met Julie’s mother Miriam (cool Name). When they got married they move to Fairfield, Connecticut where Julie was born on March 13, 1982. She has a brother Richard and sister Christina.

She and Christina took skating lessons at Wonderland of Ice, in Connecticut and her brother Richard was with the hockey team. One day she saw a bit of the hockey practice, she liked it so much that she switched from figure skater to ice hockey.

"I was so bad at figure skating, I never even got to wear the cute outfits. I had on bulky clothes and when I fell down, like a turtle, I had to wait for an instructor to come pick me up." Julie Said.

Now Julie was a hockey player on the boys hockey team, but when the guys got older, taller and definitely stronger she decided to get on the girls team or she might get seriously hurt, so she joined the Connecticut Polar Bears, and Julie and the Bears won four National Titles. Julie also played on her school’s hockey team at Choate Rosemary Hall, but then she was asked to join the U.S National team and had to move to Lake Placid, New York where she went to Northwood School and graduated in 2001. The next year she went to the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah where she won the silver medal. Julie got into Harvard and graduated with a degree in psychology in 2007. In 2008 she took the position of assistant coach of Duluth University in Minnesota.

While at Harvard she set an NCAA record and was the All time Leading Scorer. She went to the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, they won the bronze and in 2007 she won the Patty Kazmaier Award (given to the top college ice hockey player). She won the Silver medal in 2007, and the Championships title in 2008.

Saint Chuey, as her fellow hockey players call her (for her positive, optimistic attitude and kindness); will be at the 2010 Winter Olympics, this will be her third Olympics. I wonder if her family will get another tattoo? Why, you might wonder? Well let me tell you about this funny story, just before she was first called to be in the Salt lake City games, her dad Wah told her that if she made it on the Olympic team the whole Chu gang would get a tattoo and they did, Wah and Richard have the same tattoos on their arms and Miriam and Christina have Julie’s number 13 and the Olympic rings, Julie has one of her own too. Julie has spent time visiting schools and talking to children about the importance of sport and teamwork in their lives.

Julie Chu, U.S Olympic Hockey Player, was born with a natural beauty, kind heart and rockin’ hockey skills that will make this Winter Olympics memorable, I can’t wait to see her!!

Take a look at the photos and video below.

Julie Chu photo

Julie Chu Video

Photos: Nikki Nelson/WENN, Photos: www.wenn.com

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