Name at birth: Julie Chu
Juile Chu is the hockey player whose long amateur and pro career has included four selections to the U.S. women's Olympic team. Julie Chu was born in Connecticut and played hockey at the private school Choate Rosemary Hall (often called just Choate, whose alumni include John F. Kennedy
, Adlai Stevenson
and Paul Giamatti
). Chu then went on to Harvard, from which she graduated in 2007 with a degree in psychology and women's studies. (According to a 2013 story in The Boston Globe
, "Chu made the 2002 [Olympic] team, deferring her admission to Harvard, played for the Crimson for three seasons before taking another sabbatical for Turin, then returned to captain the squad and collect the Patty Kazmaier Award as the nation’s top collegiate player." A versatile forward, she finished her Harvard career with 88 goals and 196 assists for 284 total points, making her the all-time leading scorer in women's NCAA history. Julie Chu was also the first Asian-American to make the U.S. women's Olympic hockey team. She has been part of four Olympic teams in all: 2002 in Salt Lake City (silver medalist), 2006 in Turin (bronze medalist), 2010 in Vancouver (silver medalist) and the 2014 team in Sochi. She also played on the USA's world championship teams in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Since her graduation she has played professionally for the Minnesota Whitecaps (2007-10) and the Montreal Stars (2010-14) of the Canadian Women's Hockey League. She has also been an assistant hockey coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Union College.