Home' LOTL : May 14 Contents aitlin Cahow played for
Harvard University and the
U.S . women’s national ice
hockey team in the 2006
and 2010 winter Olympics.
However, her most recent achieve-
ment was serving as an openly
gay U.S . delegate for the Olympic
Games—Sochi 2014 this past winter.
Cahow shares her experience in So-
chi and why she retired from hockey.
Describe playing on the U.S. wom-
en’s national team.
In 2006, I was a fresh-faced kid on the team
just starting college. And I was playing with
women who, you know, were mothers. They
were all adults and they knew what they
were doing, in my eyes. So I tried to soak
it all in as much as I could and learn from
example. In 2010, I had a much bigger role
on the team. Vancouver was so important for
the game of women’s hockey. It was a turn-
ing point for the world to really see what our
game is like. And I’m hoping that the me-
dia coverage from Sochi will help push the
needle forward even more.
What was it like to be at Sochi,
Russia as a delegate?
You still have that same understanding that
you are there representing your country.
And for me it was so much more specific
this time because the president had asked
me to represent my country. So there was a
certain amount of weight there. I was also
able to really enjoy and take in the Olympic
experience, which is something I didn’t re-
ally feel I had the luxury to do as an athlete
because I was so focused on playing.
Why did you decide to openly dis-
cuss your sexuality ahead of the
2014 Olympic Games?
You know, I never hid it and I have done ad-
vocacy work on a smaller level. So it wasn’t as
if I was avoiding the media questions about
Why out Olympian Caitlin Cahow is hanging up her
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it. As far as women’s hockey—we
have a very large gay fan base and
we don’t recognise that enough.
For me, being open was the best
possible way to do that.
What did you feel that you
could contribute as an
openly gay delegate?
This was by far the most notewor-
thy presidential delegation to any-
thing in recent memory. So num-
ber one, there’s media coverage
and accessibility. We answered ev-
erything that came our way. Put-
ting the dialogue out there [in the
face of controversy] is exactly what
we were trying to do—make universal
human rights, not just LGBT rights, the
focal point of what the Olympic move-
ment actually stands for.
You retired from hockey due to
a series of concussions. Was it
hard to walk away?
As someone who is perfectly capable of
still playing, and who could have played
in the Sochi Olympic Games, it was
incredibly difficult to walk away from
the sport. But just coming back and
being a functional adult, and be able
to appreciate my life was such a signifi-
cant accomplishment for me that the
best decision for me was to walk away.
I am a living example of how to close
one door and walk through another,
even if it’s scary.
You’re only 28-years-old.
What’s next for you?
I felt sorry for myself for a hot sec-
ond. But I’ve had some great oppor-
tunities—I was a hockey player, I
have a Harvard degree, I went to law
school at Boston College while com-
peting on the national team. Right
now, I’m on a different track and jumping
two feet into a new life and a new profession.
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