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American Coyne Schofield cuts new path for girls in sport

Nov 24 (Reuters) – Kendall Coyne Schofield by no means wished to be a determine skater.

She most popular spending hours enjoying the casual sport of shinny hockey together with her older brother however discovered herself in a pair of determine skates aged three with the remainder of the girls on the native ice rink when it got here time for skating courses.

Coyne Schofield, who would develop as much as turn out to be an Olympic gold medallist in ice hockey, lasted two days earlier than she insisted on skating with the boys on the NHL-style rink.

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Today, she’s gunning for a spot on the Beijing Games in a completely new period for girls sports.

“Girls are growing up knowing that there is a place for them in this sport,” mentioned Coyne Schofield.

“We’re not where we need to be – we have a ways to go – but I’ve worked with thousands of girls and they don’t have older brothers. They just started the game because they may have seen me, they saw my team mates, they saw women’s hockey on TV.”

The 29-year-old, who gained Olympic gold in 2018 and silver in 2014, hopes to encourage the subsequent era together with her new e book “As Fast As Her: Dream Big, Break Barriers, Achieve Success,” which melds memoir with sensible recommendation for younger adults.

Coyne Schofield has made a profession out of breaking boundaries – turning into the primary girl to compete in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in 2019 and being employed as a growth coach for the Chicago Blackhawks a 12 months in the past.

“People see me in a Team USA jersey, but they don’t necessarily know everything that it took to get that jersey, to wear that jersey and to be in the position I am today,” she mentioned. “I’m excited for people just to hear my journey.”

The subsequent step in that journey may very properly be Beijing 2022, as she has educated full-time since Oct. 1 in Minnesota with different hopefuls for Team USA.

The 23-player U.S. roster is ready to be introduced Jan. 1.

The squad will stroll into the Beijing Games with a goal on their again after they ended Canada’s streak of 4 back-to-back Olympic golds in Pyeongchang.

“Because we’ve won the gold medal, you can look at it like… the hunting versus hunted kind of mindset,” she mentioned.

“When we go into the Olympic Games, we’re expected to come home with a gold medal, and I know our opponents are expecting that of themselves as well.”

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Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Ken Ferris

Ice Hockey – 2019 Women's IIHF World Championship - USA v Canada - Espoo, Finland - April 6, 2019. Kendall Coyne Schofield of USA in action. Lehtikuva/Antti Aimo-Koivsto via REUTERS

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