This little project deserves a category for itself... the SUPER FEATURE. If you haven't heard already, we trained this offseason at IPF with members of the USA Hockey team. These girls are our favorite people ever. They're incredible athletes and even better people. Not only are these girls insanely competitive, talented, dedicated... they're also supportive, positive, and passionate. We literally cannot say enough good things about them.
So here you have it... the SUPER FEATURE. Mini-interveiws with all of our IPF training buddies. These are going to be coming out one at a time over the next week. All you have to do is follow along.
#1- Hockey's Own Captain America, Meghan Duggan
SC: What personal characteristic of yours do you think has helped get you so
far in your sport?
MD: To be honest I think its my stubborn nature and competitive personality that has really helped me grow and excel through my hockey career. As a kid, I don’t think it was easy for my family to deal with (aka my parents and siblings would say I was the biggest BRAT in the world)… but as I have gotten older and learned how to use my stubborn and competitive nature in sport, it’s helped me battle, commit, succeed, and certainly bounce back when necessary.
SC: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it
MD: Spinach. Just kidding, I mean that spinach challenge was legit but… One thing for the rest of my life - I have to go with Indian Food. Without question my favorite cuisine when made fresh and spicy - I hope to visit India at some point in the near future to have it in its most authentic form!
SC: Try to sum up what the 2018 Olympics means to you. (We know this is a lot to ask.)
MD: To say it means everything is an understatement. Having been a part of the USWNT for over 10 years - the program means the world to me. It’s my life. My everyday. The girls are my family.
It’s no secret that we have come up short of our goal in the last two Olympics, and losing in the gold medal game in dramatic fashion in overtime in Russia in 2014 was heartbreaking. We don’t train, invest, and commit the way we do with second place on the mind. As honored and proud as I am to have represented my country in two Olympic Games - we certainly have unfinished business to take care of in 2018. If I’m fortunate enough to be a part of that crew that represents the US in Korea in 2018, I’ll do whatever it takes to put our team in the best position to achieve our goals.
We waited for 2 whole months to see Duggan "have a bad day." Not once did she seem tired, have a bad attitude, not perform to her best ability, or slack off. She literally was 100% focused, 100% accountable, 100% motivated, 100% of the time. That's a feat that I've never personally witnessed by anyone else, ever. It's people like this that not only make working out bearable, but they make it a CONSTANT opportunity to get better. Duggan's attitude reminds me about what it is that I want and why on earth I'm working so hard for it. She's a true leader in that way.