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The U.S. women's ice hockey team has medaled at every Olympic Winter Games since the sport debuted on the Olympic program in 1998, winning one gold (1998), three silvers (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze (2006). The 2018 Olympic Winter Games mark the 20-year anniversary of the sport's introduction at the Olympics and the gold-medal victory by the United States, setting the stage for a commemorative opportunity to honor the inaugural 1998 team and earn a storybook finish in PyeongChang. MORE

Brianna Decker | Forward
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Hometown: Dousman, Wisconsin
Olympic Experience: 2014 (1 silver)
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Brianna Decker continues to be one of the offensive catalysts and elite players for Team USA, and is considered to be among the best all-around players in women's ice hockey. A member of the NWHL's Boston Pride, she has won league MVP honors two years in a row, marking the sole owner of the award since the league's inaugural season in 2015-16. Decker was named the MVP and Top Forward of the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship, where she helped Team USA to its third straight world title. She has also participated in eight Four Nations Cups, winning five of those events (2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016). She has earned numerous accolades at the University of Wisconsin and for Team USA, including the USA Hockey's Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year in 2015 and the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2012 as the best player in NCAA women's ice hockey. The 2014 Olympic silver medalist and five-time world champion (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) is looking to help Team USA secure Olympic gold for the first time since 1998.
About Brianna
Something quirky: I like folding laundry.

Nickname: Decks and Deck Dog. When I was younger, my dad called me Pooky/Pooks and he still calls me it.

If I wasn't an athlete: I would be coaching or working with kids in some form or fashion.
Meghan Duggan | Forward
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Hometown: Danvers, Massachusetts
Olympic Experience: 2010 (1 silver), 2014 (1 silver)
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Meghan Duggan joined the U.S. women's national team in 2007 and has emerged as a prominent leader and team captain for many events, including the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and three IIHF women's world championships. She was named USA Hockey's Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year in 2011, and was also recognized with the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the best player in collegiate women's ice hockey. While at the University of Wisconsin, she captured three NCAA Division I titles. She played for Buffalo Beauts in the inaugural season of the NWHL in 2015-16, and finished second overall with 13 goals for the Boston Pride during the 2016-17 campaign. She has helped the U.S. win seven gold medals at the IIHF Women's World Championships, while also participating in nine Four Nations Cups and winning five of those events (2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016). The two-time Olympic silver medalist (2010, 2014) will look to lead Team USA in PyeongChang as it vies to win gold for the first time in 20 years.
About Meghan
Hidden talent: I can sing.

Something quirky: My mother is one of 10 and we have close to 40 cousins on that side.

If I wasn't an athlete: I would own and operate my own wellness center that focused on health, fitness and wellness from a natural homeopathic persepective.
Amanda Kessel | Forward
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Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Olympic Experience: 2014 (1 silver)
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Amanda Kessel will look to return for her second Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang after aiding the U.S. women to the silver medal in 2014. The dynamic forward missed significant time due to injury after the Sochi Olympics, but returned to play the final few months of her senior collegiate season (2015-16) at the University of Minnesota before turning professional and playing for the New York Riveters (NWHL). After more than two years away from Team USA, she returned to play for the Red, White and Blue for a pair of exhibition games against Canada in December 2016 and earned a spot on her second world championship roster in 2017. A two-time world champion (2013, 2017), she also aided Team USA to back-to-back Four Nations Cup titles in 2011 and 2012. A prolific collegiate player, she led the University of Minnesota to the NCAA Division I title in 2012-13, earning the nod for the annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.
About Amanda
Fun fact: I come from a big sports family. Both of my brothers play professional hockey. Phil Kessel plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Blake Kessel played for the New York Islanders. Additionally, my father played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and my cousin plays hockey for the Arizona Coyotes.

Favorite sport to play besides hockey: Golf
Hilary Knight | Forward
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Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho
Olympic Experience: 2010 (1 silver), 2014 (1 silver)
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Hilary Knight has earned numerous accolades and was named MVP at both the 2015 and 2016 IIHF Women's World Championships. She is one of the most dynamic players in women's ice hockey and has been a member of the U.S. women's national team since she was 17 years old (2006). She is a two-time Olympic silver medalist (2010, 2014) and has aided Team USA to gold medals at seven IIHF Women's World Championships (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017), while also adding two silvers (2007, 2012). She has also participated in 10 Four Nations Cups, winning five of those events (2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016). At the 2017 world championships, she netted the gold-medal-winning goal in overtime of the championship game against Canada. She was also a dominant collegiate player for the University of Wisconsin, where she garnered All-America honors, was twice named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and won two NCAA Division I titles. Should she make her third U.S. Olympic Team, Knight will try to help Team USA to the gold medal, which would mark the first Olympic gold for the U.S. since 1998.
About Hilary
Hidden talent: I can rope lasso.

Something quirky: I like to clean.

Nickname: My teammates call me Knighter.


Monique Lamoureux-Morando | Defender
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Hometown: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Olympic Experience: 2010 (1 silver), 2014 (1 silver)
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Monique Lamoureux-Morando was utilized at both the forward and defense positions in college (University of North Dakota), but has since played most her Team USA career as a forward – including at the previous two Olympic Winter Games. Following the Sochi Games in 2014, she transitioned from forward to defense and has become arguably one of the best defenseman in women's ice hockey. She has earned multiple awards for her play on defense and was recognized by USA Hockey as the 2016 Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year. She is a two-time Olympic silver medalist (2010, 2014) and has aided the U.S. to gold medals at six IIHF Women's World Championships (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and one silver (2012). She has also participated in nine Four Nations Cups, winning four of those events (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016). Her twin sister, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, is also a member of the women's ice hockey team.
About Monique
Hidden talent: I'm good at juggling a soccer ball. I also love to cook and bake.

Nickname: Moe, Lammy, or Sicle. Sicle came from people calling my twin sister and I Lam Pops, then it turned into Lam Sicles (popsicle), and then it turned into Sicle. Only a few teammates call us Sicle as it came from the 2010 Olympic year.

Earliest Olympic memory: I remember watching the 1996 women's gymnastics team win the gold medal in Atlanta. Our mom always had us watch the Olympics, no matter what sport it was. She had us watch in 1998 when the USA women's hockey team won a gold medal. Jocelyne and I always wanted to be in the Olympics, and it didn't matter what sport it was. What was unique about us was that I don't ever think we thought we wouldn't be there. We always had this innate instinct that we were going to be in the Olympics one day.

Alex Rigsby | Goaltender
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Hometown: Delafield, Wisconsin
2018 Olympic hopeful
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Alex Rigsby was the last goaltender cut for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and has been striving to be the team's top goaltender ever since. She has helped Team USA win four gold medals (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) at the IIHF Women's World Championships, and was named one of the top-three U.S. players in the 2016 tournament and U.S. Player of the Game while earning a 1-0 shutout in the gold-medal-overtime win over Canada. While at the University of Wisconsin, Rigsby helped guide the Badgers to the NCAA Division I title in 2010-11, was a top-10 finalist for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and was the first goalie to be named captain at Wisconsin (2013-14). She has played three seasons of professional hockey with the Minnesota Whitecaps (2014-17), and is looking to make her first U.S. Olympic Team in 2018.
About Alex
Earliest Olympic memory: Watching the Opening Ceremony in 2002 and listening to R. Kelly sing "World's Greatest." That song instantly became my new favorite, and I remember watching the women in the gold-medal game against Canada. I was late to practice, because I didn't want to miss it.

Best advice received: Stay present and focused on my task at hand.

If I wasn't an athlete: I would like to run a nonprofit organization or work with a sports organization, preferably hockey.

Robb Stauber | Head Coach
Hometown: Medina, Minnesota
2018 Women's Olympic Coach
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An assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Team, Ron Stauber has been involved with the U.S. Women's National Ice Hockey Team since 2010. He most recently served as head coach of the U.S. women's national team that won gold at the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship. The 2017 tournament marked his fifth coaching stint for Team USA at the world championships and his first time as head coach at the event. He has also served on Team USA's coaching staff at the Four Nations Cup six times (2011-16). Previously, he was head coach for the Team USA Winter Champions Series in 2016, as well as the 2016 USA Hockey Winter Camp and the 2017 National Team Training Camp. He served as the head coach for the Minnesota Whitecaps – an independent professional women's team – during the 2015-16 season. A 10-year veteran of professional ice hockey, Stauber played four seasons in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres. At the University of Minnesota, he was the first goaltender to win the Hobey Baker Award (1988). He was also the recipient that year of the WCHA Player of the Year award. He will now look to lead Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal since women's ice hockey debuted on the Olympic program in 1998.
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