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Julie Chu

Olympic Hockey Player

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When Julie Chu learned at eight years old that girls could play hockey, she put down the figure skates and put on a helmet. Since, she graduated from being the only girl on all-male teams to playing in four Olympic cycles, including the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. A veteran on the team, Chu has embraced the changing roles that have come with experience.
Julie Chu is an Olympic hockey player who plays forward on the U.S. women's ice hockey team. She has played in three Olympic cycles helping Team USA win two silver medals and a bronze medal. The Sochi Winter Games will make her fourth Olympics.   From 2007 to 2010, Chu played forward for the professional hockey Minnesota Whitecaps of the WWHL and won the 2010 Clarkson Cup. In 2010–11, she joined the Montreal Stars in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) and claimed her second consecutive Clarkson Cup title, becoming the first player to win the Clarkson Cup with two different teams. In 2010–11 season, Chu was one of the top-5 leading scorers, racking up 35 points, 5 goals and 30 assists in only 19 games.

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