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Hilary Knight is a hockey player competing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Hilary Knight is making her Olympic debut in Vancouver as the youngest member of the U.S. team. She has played in three world championships, starting in 2007 at age 17, when the U.S. team took silver. At the 2009 Worlds, where the U.S. team won its second-straight world title, Knight led the tournament with seven goals in five games, and added two assists for nine points. It was the third-ever gold for Team USA, and Knight was named one of the teams top-three players, at just 19 years old.

Knight doesn't mind being the youngest, and often looks to her teammates for advice. "They're like my older sisters," she said. "I find myself asking them questions, if something important is going on. They've been through it all and have tremendous amounts of experience."

Knight's parents never skated, but she started playing hockey at a young age. Her mom, Cynthia, got the idea from her paddle tennis partner, whose husband suggested it and helped teach them how to skate. The family had just moved from California to Chicago, where 6-year-old Knight started playing, and her three younger brothers joined in as well. "I always wanted to better than my younger brothers," Knight said. She and her brothers later taught their parents how to skate when Hilary was in high school, and her mom quickly took to the sport. She even joined an over-40 women's league.

Before hockey, Knight was a skier, starting at age 2 in California. After the family moved to Chicago, they took ski trips every winter, and Knight frequently won mini-races at ski camps in California, Montana, Colorado and Idaho. She was forced to choose between skiing and hockey, and ultimately chose hockey. She'll be the second Olympian in the family—her cousin, Chip Knight, is a three-time Olympic skier (1998, 2002, 2006).

When it came time to choose a college, Knight had her pick—nearly everyone was recruiting her. Her parents wanted her to attend an Ivy League school, but suggested she visit Wisconsin. She then decided that if she was going to play in college, she wanted to play for a great coach on a great team, where she could learn and prepare to make the 2010 team. At Wisconsin, she found 1980 veteran Mark Johnson, whom Knight recognized as a great coach, even though she admits she didn't realize who he was at the time. Knight bonded with current teammates and former Badgers Meghan Duggan and Erika Lawler, and decided to return to the Midwest.



In her sophomore season (2008-09), Knight and Wisconsin captured the NCAA title, one year after losing in the final game. She also led the NCAA last season with 45 goals, 43 assists, 83 points and 16 power-play goals in 39 games. She is taking a year off as she prepares for Vancouver, but will return to Wisconsin for two more years of eligibility after the Games.

Knight attended Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school in Connecticut, several years after teammates Julie Chu and Angela Ruggiero. In her senior year, 2006-07, Knight scored 73 points (53 goals, 20 assists) in 23 games and was named the league MVP. She also played lacrosse and field hockey, and was named team MVP of both.

Knight's three younger brothers still play hockey. The oldest, James Jr., is with the North American Hockey League, playing for the North Iowa Cardinals in Mason City. Remington is at boarding school in Groton School in Massachusetts, and William is at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massacusetts. Her father, James, was a consultant in Chicago, but left to start a business in Hanover, New Hampshire, where the family now lives.


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Age: 24 years old
Birthday: July 12, 1989
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 172 lbs.
Birthplace: Hanover, NH
Current Residence: Blaine, MN


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