Look Who We Bumped Into: Olympic Gold

Finn and I came in hot to his game the other day in Saugus.  As we hustled into the rink his coach directed us into the proper locker room.  As we went to enter the locker room, a woman came out and held the door open for us.  I’m sure she could tell that we were running late and Finn was anxious to get on the ice.  Finn’s coach then told me that she was a former USA Woman’s Hockey gold medal winner.

Us Gloucester folk immediately know that means she skated for our very own Ben Smith.  Ben led the USA Woman’s hockey team to a Gold Medal, their first ever nonetheless, in Nagano back in 1998.  He is currently over in South Korea serving as the Director of Player Personnel for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

I was sad to have missed the opportunity to really meet her….but, was lucky that our paths crossed again after the game.  I introduced myself and told her that Ben Smith is my husband’s Godfather.  I then introduced her to Finn.  Upon hearing that her name was Colleen, I knew immediately that she was Colleen Coyne and I was thrilled to snap a photo of her and Finn to share with Freddy…and later Ben.

It was great to meet her….and she couldn’t have been more gracious or kind!  Even cooler to have met her the very same weekend that this year’s Winter Games were kicking off.

Thanks, Colleen, for taking the time to chat with Finn….he was super inspired as was I!



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