Fairfield's Julie Chu to carry American flag in Olympic closing ceremony
Julie Chu of Fairfield, a veteran of the U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team, has been chosen to carry the American flag during the closing ceremonies for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, NBC has reported.
“It makes me in some ways uncomfortable because it’s really always about us, our team,” Chu told Matt Lauer on Today on NBC Friday as the Olympic women’s hockey team was interviewed.
“Yeah Julie,” and applause rang out when Lauer asked Chu about the honor.
Chu said the honor was not for her, but her entire team.
“I think it’s us that gets that honor,” Chu said on Today. ” I might be physically getting the chance to carry the flag, but it’s really because our women’s hockey team has been such an inspiration.”
Chu, who turns 32 March 13, brings home a silver medal after the U.S. women lost to Canada 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game Thursday.
“I think it’s one that’s really fostered a great women’s hockey environment,” Chu said when Lauer asked about the U.S.-Canada rivalry. “It’s allowed us to grow the sport. Yesterday there are so many people that became women’s hockey fans because of it, and it’s because it’s intense, and passionate, it’s fast and definitely one where I think when people watch they will get enamored by how everyone on the ice wears their heart on their sleeves and I think you saw that at the end of the game, you saw that throughout the game, so we’re very fortunate to have this amazing team and a country that we absolutely love and get a chance to represent.”
Chu also earned a silver medal in the 2002 Salt Lake Games, a bronze in Torino in 2006 and another silver in the 2010 Vancouver games.
She played college hockey at Harvard.