SOCHI, Russia – Women’s ice hockey forward Julie Chu was today selected to lead the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team into Sunday's (Feb. 23) Closing Ceremony as flag bearer, as announced today by the United States Olympic Committee. Chu was chosen by a vote of fellow members of Team USA.
A four-time Olympian and the most veteran member of the women’s hockey team, Chu has medaled with Team USA at every Olympic Winter Games dating back to 2002 – earning silver three times (2002, 2010, 2014) and once claiming bronze (2006). She is tied as the second most decorated U.S. female in Olympic Winter Games history.
Having joined the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team in 2000, she captained the U.S. to the 2013 World Championship gold medal and back-to-back Four Nations Cup titles in 2011 and 2012. In total, she’s competed in nine world championships, winning gold five times.
“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,” said Chu. “Our team has so many inspiring athletes who I've gotten a chance to root for. This is special and I don't take it lightly. Thank you for this great honor.”
“Today, Julie joins a distinguished group of athletes who have been selected to serve as flag bearer for Team USA, and I’m thrilled to congratulate her on this honor,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “She has been a tremendous ambassador for her sport and our athletes, and will continue to be a world-class representative of our nation at the Closing Ceremony and beyond."
Chu is the second ice hockey player to serve as flag bearer for Team USA. Cammi Granato first held the honor in 1998 after leading the U.S. women to the inaugural Olympic gold medal at the Nagano Games.
U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM FLAG BEARERS – CLOSING CEREMONY
1960 Donald McDermott, Speedskating
1964 Jean Saubert, Alpine Skiing
1968 Tim Wood, Figure Skating
1972 Barbara Ann Cochran, Alpine Skiing
1976 Sheila Young, Speedskating
1980 Eric Heiden, Speedskating
1984 Phil Mahre, Alpine Skiing
1988 Bonnie Blair, Speedskating
1992 Bonnie Blair, Speedskating
1994 Dan Jansen, Speedskating
1998 Cammi Granato, Ice Hockey
2002 Brian Shimer, Bobsled
2006 Joey Cheek, Speedskating
2010 Bill Demong, Nordic Combined
2014 Julie Chu, Ice Hockey
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!