She is 20 years of age and is currently enrolled at Harvard.http://www.nbcolympics.com/athlete/michelle-picard
Women's Hockey Team
Here is where present time hockey fans get interested, all of them hope for this to happen to their team. Hockey eventually had regular matches between a few of the provinces. This caught the eye of a certain man, Lord Stanley of Preston. His fascination for the sport grew to he point to where he got a trophy( a silver bowl with old interior). This took place in 1892 and the trophy would be offered to the best rookie team competing in Canada. Now a days everyone knows about this trophy. Let me give you a moment to think of the name. This award is now know nation wide as the Stanley Cup! Now instead of a small Canadian team holding onto the trophy for a year, a professional team in North America competes for the honor of the cup.
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Now for our most recent game, US vs Canada. For those of you who don't know it is one of the fiercest and strongest rivalries in Women's Ice Hockey. The two team hate each other and that just adds fuel to their performance and the excitement for the crowd. There have been a total of 19 World Championships/Olympic Titles on the line since the year 1990. Just try to guess how many of those 19 have ended in a face off between the United States and Canada. Eighteen, 18 of those titles have been almost a war between the two teams. On Wednesday, February 12, the two enemies faced off again in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Both teams put their heart and soul into this game, but there could only be one victor. This round was Canada beating the U.S. 3-2. This now puts Canada in first and the United States in second for point totals.
Let's Go USA
Michelle Picard, as many have said, was born into the world of ice hockey. She started to play around age 6 following the path of her older brother. She was born and raised in the town of Taunton Massachusetts. Throughout her ice hockey career she has had her whole home town supporting her. Ever since she was little she wanted to do the best that she could in her sport. On her U18 team in high school she was the captain and then joined her college team at Harvard. Currently she is studying archeology.
Making the Olympic team was a dream come true. “It’s a dream come true, definitely,” said Picard, reached by phone for an interview from Michigan Wednesday night. “It’s really exciting. Today was just awesome. Being with my team, getting to watch those teams — there are no words to describe how cool.” (Taunton Gazette). When she made the team she was actually called a couple days in advanced so she could hear the good news. She had to keep the amazing news a secret though to make the ceremony all the more special. Once her family found out, the whole fan club found out. Her whole town gave her the support she needed and more.
From watching many interviews and reading some of her tweets one can see that Michelle is a naturally positive person. Heading into the Olympics she was all positivity and enthusiasm. She stated that they were ready and were going to put up an amazing fight. This was shown in all of the games they played. Her spirit is strong and nothing will put her down. In pre-Olympics training she told a reporter that they have a great shot at gold which they have also proven in the games, even after their devastating loss to their arch rival Canada.
USA and Canada Rivalry
In women’s ice hockey the biggest rivalry is the United States and Canada. What strikes me about the rivalry is how powerful it is. In recent years there have been about 19 championships/Olympic titles on the line and 18 out of those 19 ended in a face off between the U.S. and Canada.
Through my research I have come across many events. In many pre-Olympic games the two teams would have brawls during their games. One in Grand Forks ended up in a fist fight between the following players: Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, Hilary Knight, Gigi Marvin, and Kasey Bellamy( United States) vs Vicki Bendus, Jocelyne Laroque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Melodie Daoust, and Brianne Jenner(Canada). Throughout that game there were 10 fighting majors and a line of other infractions. This wasn’t the only fight. It was late October in Burlington Vermont, and the two teams were in a heated battle. At some point someone had enough and a fight broke out. All of the skating players ended up taking part in the brawl.
For those of you who enjoy hockey for the physical skill and violence, many of you do, then these games would be the best matchup for you. These women are skilled and do whatever it takes to succeed at what they love to do. Hockey is about more than hitting a puck with a stick. It involves balance. controlled skating, power, speed, and skill to compete in this sport.
The Rivalry Continues
Sochi Olympic Games
In this picture you can see Picard(number 23) blocking a Canadian player so that she can't get the puck and her team mate can.
Sochi Olympic Games. pt. 2
Michelle and Megan make a great team. Here they are trying to steal the puck back. As a defenseman Michelle has to protect the goal as well as getting the puck back to the offense.
Here is a shot of Michelle during the training. You can see how hard she works and is happy about it.
Sochi Olympic Games
Sochi Olympic Games. pt. 2
Ice Hockey Pointers
Family of an Olympian
Her immediate family consists of her parents, Roger and Linda, herself, and her older brother Tim. Her family volunteers for the Massachusetts Spitfires as a way to give back for all of the years that they have been together. For the past seasons her mother has been a residential tryout volunteer. As a way to say thank you for all of their hard work the spitfires raised money for the families trip to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games to help cheer on Michelle and the other players while they fought for a medal.