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Laurier alumna Becky Kellar heading to her fourth Olympic games
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Becky Kellar (MBA ’04) is hitting the ice for her fourth Olympic appearance and what will hopefully be her third gold medal.
The hockey blueliner will join team Canada this February for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. She is one of four national team players to have played in all three Olympics since women’s hockey became an official event.
Kellar’s Olympic career started at the 1998 games in Nagano, where Canada lost to long-time rivals the United States in the final game.
Coming away from her first Olympics with a silver medal was a little disappointing for the five-time world champion, but it helped motivate her over the next four years as she again set her sights on gold.
After Nagano, applied to Laurier’s MBA program.
“I always associated Laurier with business,” she said in a 2006 interview. “I thought it was a great school.”
Kellar worked on her degree part-time while playing for the Toronto Aeros. When the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City rolled around, she made the team and was off to Calgary to train for the second time. In the final game, Canada again faced the United States, but this time emerged victorious.
“For the first 10 minutes we just jumped around and yelled, ‘We did it, we did it!’” said Kellar about winning the game.
Kellar completed her MBA two years later. In mid-2005 she was back in Calgary training for the 2006 Olympics in Turin. Kellar brought home her second gold medal after Canada beat Sweden 4-1 in the final.
Today, Kellar is playing with the Burlington Barracudas and gearing up for the games in Vancouver.
Laurier wishes Kellar the best of luck in her quest for gold. Canada’s first game is scheduled for Feb. 13 against Slovakia.