"We went hunting for all the small differences and changes we could so that we could make sure to have success here in 2018".
Laura Schuler has been good at hockey since she was a 10-year-old girl in Scarborough, Canada.
"Hockey Canada is not in the business of silver and bronze medals", the 46-year-old Ryan said in a recent interview.
"That part of it is hard, but we make it work", Gilroy said.
Included on Team USA's roster are young defenders Cayla Barnes and Sidney Morin. "And when you have that, good things happen".
A day after a gala opening ceremony highlighted rapprochement with the two Koreas marching into the stadium together behind a blue and white unification flag, the joint women's ice-hockey team backed by North Korea's vocal cheerleaders takes on Switzerland in a preliminary match. The Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation, who are able to compete, though not officially for the country because of a widespread doping scandal, are favored to win gold.
"We all know when we play the U.S.it's probably going to be a one-goal game either way", said Melody Davidson, GM of the women's programs.
Being on the Olympic team "means everything", says Wakefield.
Until several years ago, South Korea had never been considered a powerhouse in speed skating at the Olympics.
"Our group is a fantastic mix of experience but incredible energy and youth".
"As you can tell on the ice, it's so intense, there is so much emotion", Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin said last fall.
Or any of the other members of Team USA. And we as a team expect the most out of ourselves. "It's the right group". "It was for future generations of women sports in the USA and around the world".
After high school, Roe played for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League, the country's top junior ice hockey league.
The players' threat to boycott the World Championships caught the attention of USA Hockey, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the public. He shared with his fans the struggles and uncertainty that he was facing in an emotional Instagram post: "I am young, ambitious, hungry, and motivated". "The parity is phenomenal".
The U.S. was among the final teams to get on the ice together as a group, save for many playing at the pre-Olympic Deutschland Cup in November. The U.S. lost all four of those games, two by shutouts.
"The entire program cares a lot about (Bozek and Carpenter) and they've done phenomenal things for the program", said U.S. coach Robb Stauber.
Lee will also compete in the 1,000 meters at these Games, but the 500 meters will be held on February 18th, making it the date that the entire country should circle on its calendar, as it presents a chance for Olympic history to be made right here at home. "Hopefully these kids go out, try something different, play hockey, and hopefully I see a lot more playing in the near future".
The sport wouldn't advance if both teams breeze through the field to reach the final again. "I found my game this year".
A 6-foot-6, 238-pound winger who has 25 points in 28 games for the Terriers this season, Greenway played in the 2017 world championships and was second in points on the U.S team that won the world junior championship past year. But this time, they believe it's different. It's a back and forth hockey game. I find myself alone and I think about the game.
After serving as the goaltending coach with the silver medal-winning squad in 2014, Stauber is happy to have control of the reins as he looks to lead this team of thoroughbreds across the finish line.
"This is a different group". No matter what catches the team's eye in PyeongChang, the players are determined to keep a workmanlike approach throughout the tournament. "We got through that, and we got through the fact that there's plenty of ways that we will honor him with how we act, how we play". We've all matured in our habits, matured in our mind-sets and we're ready to go. "We're all pretty excited".
The first two games will be key for the Canadians to develop chemistry before the big-time clash with the United States.