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Tiger skates for Olympic gold, Feb. 21

When the U.S. women's hockey team skates onto the ice Thursday (Feb. 21) for the gold medal game at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a Tiger will be in the lineup.

Andrea Kilbourne, who completed three seasons on Princeton's team before taking a break from school to join the national team, is on the 20-player roster. Members of the University community are invited to come to the Frist Campus Center to support Kilbourne. The game against Canada will be shown on the big-screen TV in the first floor lounge at 7 p.m.

Kilbourne, one of the most prolific scorers in recent Princeton history, is one of three skaters making their first appearance on the U.S. national team. She led the Tigers in scoring in each of the past three seasons and finished 2000-01 with 49 points (22 goals and 27 assists). She was a second-team All-ECAC and All-Ivy selection. The team's captain in 2000-01, the Saranac Lake, N.Y., resident was to serve again in that capacity this year.

In her Olympic debut, Kilbourne has had one goal and one assist in the four games leading up to the final. The U.S. team defeated Germany (10-0), China (12-1), Finland (5-0) and Sweden (4-0).

"The most amazing part of this whole experience has been being able to represent my country, especially at such an important time," Kilbourne said. "To see people all over the country get excited about our team is something really special. Although it is a huge responsibility, it is also an enormous honor."

USA Today has called Thursday's game "one of the most-anticipated matchups of the Olympics." The United States beat Canada in the 1998 Olympics for the gold, but the Canadians have won seven consecutive world championships. During a pre-Olympic tour, however, the U.S. team went 8-0 against Canada.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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