Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette have shared the bitter United States-Canada women’s hockey rivalry.
But love conquers all and Chu, a former captain of the U.S. women’s team, and Ouellette, a former skipper for Canada, shared a blessed event last week when Ouellette gave birth to the couple’s first child. They shared the news Tuesday on Instagram.
Chu, 35, is the first Asian-American to play for the U.S. national women’s team and she competed in five Winter Olympics, winning silver medals in 2002, 2010, and 2014. Her team won a bronze medal in 2016.
She was the first person of color to be a U.S. flag bearer at a Winter Olympics closing ceremony when she carried the Stars and Stripes at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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We have already been blessed with so many things in our life: Amazing friends and family, Love, Representing our countries, and doing things we are passionate about each day. We couldn't have felt luckier, until we were blessed with the most incredible Gift so far on Sunday, November 5. @caroouellette13 and I are happy to introduce our greatest blessing: Liv Chu-Ouellette
Chu, tied as the second-most decorated U.S. female athlete in Winter Olympics history, was named head coach of Concordia University’s women’s hockey team in Montreal in 2016.
Ouellette, 38, won Olympic gold in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. She retired from the Canadian national team in 2015 and currently plays for Les Canadiennes de Montreal. She was carrying Liv Chu-Ouellette when Montreal won the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Clarkson Cup in March.
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