A member of the women's ice hockey team who won the silver
medal, the 31-year-old was given the honor after a vote by other
members of the United States squad.
"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," Chi said in a statement released by the United
States Olympic Committee.
"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."
Chu was competing at her fourth Olympics, dating back to 2002,
and has won medals each time, collecting three silvers and a
She looked poised to win an elusive gold in Sochi when her team
led Canada 2-0 in Thursday's final with less than four minutes
But her dreams were shattered when the Canadians scored two late
goals to force the game into overtime before clinching the gold
on Marie-Philip Poulin's goal.
(Reporting by Julian Linden; editing by Ed Osmond)
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