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Hockey player Julie Chu is competing in the Winter Olympics 2010 in Vancouver.

Forward Julie Chu is making her third Olympic appearance in Vancouver, looking to add to her silver medal from 2002 and bronze from 2006. Chu has been a member of the national team since 2001, winning the world title with the team in 2005, 2008 and 2009, in addition to world silver medals in 2001, 2004 and 2007. Chu led the 2009 tournament with 10 points and was named one of Team USA's top-three players. Chu lives in Blaine, Minnesota, as part of the women's residency program, and shares a townhouse with teammates Kerry Weiland and Karen Thatcher.

Chu played four years at Harvard University, setting the NCAA record for career points (284). She is also Harvard's all-time assists leader with 196, and was co-captain as a junior (2004-05) and, after taking a year off to play in Torino, as a senior (2006-07). She led the Crimson to three-straight NCAA championship game appearances. In her senior year, Chu led the team in scoring with 66 points (18-48) in 30 games. Chu was a three-time All-American, including first team in 2007. Chu earned her degree in psychology in 2007 and would like to begin a teaching career after hockey.

In addition to playing for the national team and the Minnesota Whitecaps, Chu spent 2007-08 working as an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota-Duluth women's team. That year, the team beat Wisconsin to win the NCAA title. Chu said doubling as a coach and player has helped her understand the game better. "I think that coaching experience has helped me appreciate a little bit more of what the coaches do and what it takes to have a successful team, beyond just the players playing well," she said.

At age 8, Chu participated in figure skating lessons at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which is about a 10-minute drive from her parents' home in Fairfield. At one of her first sessions, Chu was skating less than gracefully when she caught a glimpse of her older brother, Richard, at the other end of the ice. He was practicing power skating with a learn-to-skate hockey group, and Julie was seething with jealousy. She knew then she wanted to play hockey. "I was so bad at figure skating," she says. "I never even got to wear the cute outfits. I had on bulky clothes and when I fell down, like a turtle, I had to wait for an instructor to come pick me up."

Chu asked her father if she could trade in her toe picks for hockey pads. Julie enrolled in a hockey clinic in Bridgeport and then proceeded up the youth hockey ladder playing for various boys teams. In 1996, while playing for a high-level youth team in Connecticut, the 13-year-old Chu noticed that many of the boys with whom she was playing were now approaching 6 feet tall, and gaining speed and muscle. "I made my decision to end my time playing guys hockey right then," she says. "I thought I could seriously get hurt if I continued at that level." After that, Chu gravitated toward the premier girls ice hockey team in the state, the Connecticut Polar Bears. She captained the Polar Bears in 1999, the year in which she won her last of four national titles with the team.

In fall 1997, Chu enrolled at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, a private boarding high school. Teammate Angela Ruggiero also played there. During her first three years at Choate, Chu played hockey for both the Polar Bears and the school team. With the school team, she had a record 101 goals and 112 assists in 71 career games. She also played soccer and softball and ascended to the school's student presidency. But she relinquished the position just weeks after being elected because she was asked to play for the U.S. national team, which required her to take off two terms. Her first speech as president was a resignation speech. While training with the national team in Lake Placid, Chu took classes at nearby Northwood School and was able to graduate with her class in May 2001. She deferred her enrollment to Harvard until fall 2002 so that she could compete at the Salt Lake Games.

Chu's father, Wah, was born in Canton (now called Guangzhou), China. Wah moved from Canton to then British-controlled Hong Kong at age 1 with his mother, who did not want her son growing up in communist China. In 1967, the mother and son emigrated to the U.S. when Wah was 16, settling in New York's Chinatown. Shortly after arriving, Wah was attending a youth group meeting at a neighborhood church when he met his future wife. Julie's mother, Miriam, lived on the Upper East Side and traveled downtown to attend the same youth group. The pair moved from New York City to Queens and then to Fairfield, in southwestern Connecticut. Wah works in consulting for a software company. Chu's older brother, Richard, graduated from Skidmore College (New York) in the spring of 2001. Her older sister, Christina, graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut in 2002. Christina had her first child in July 2008, a girl named Sophia Ann, whom Julie visits as often as possible.

Before the Salt Lake City Olympic roster was announced, Chu's father told her the whole family would get tattoos if she made the Olympic team. The day after the 2002 team was announced, Chu made sure he kept his promise. Mother Miriam and sister Christina wear the Olympic rings and Julie's No. 13 on their ankles. Father Wah and brother Richard have matching tattoos on their arms. Julie has hers on the top of her foot. Before Torino, Wah made no such offer.


JULIE CHU: FACTS

How tall is Julie Chu? How old is Julie Chu? Where does Julie Chu live? Find out here.

Age: 32 years old
Birthday: March 13, 1982
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 147 lbs.
Nickname: Saint Chuey
Birthplace: Fairfield, CT
Current Residence: Blaine, MN





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