Women's Hockey: Russia Attempts To Slow Team USA

While the U.S. men received all of the attention today, the U.S. women continue their hopeful gold medal run as they take on Russia in round-robin play. The United States started off with a big win over China on Sunday, as they work to build their play up and work on not looking ahead to Canada. Team USA was surprised by Sweden in 2006, and they will work to maintain their focus game by game.

Jenny Potter, veteran co-captain of Team USA, was in top form against China and leads a potent offensive attack that is bolstered by the scoring prowess of Julie Chu and the Lamoureux sisters.

SB Nation spoke to Julie Chu last night, where she had this to say about this current team:

I think in the last four years, we've had to recreate ourselves, our identity, our play, and the way we go about things. With fifteen newcomers and only six returning members we've really had that opportunity. I think our younger players are extremely talented. They have skills and the ability to play the game and understand it that is well beyond their years. When I was there age, I was definitely not that confident and capable. I try to learn from them a lot of the tricks that maybe I wasn't picking up at their age and just trying to give them a little bit of the veteran leadership and honing in their energy and enthusiasm of being first timers.

The game can be seen on MSNBC (in HD!) at 5:30 p.m. EST.

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