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Tiger on silver medal-winning Olympic ice hockey team

When the U.S. women's ice hockey team won the silver medal in the Winter Olympics Thursday night, a Tiger was in the lineup.

Andrea Kilbourne, who completed three seasons on Princeton's team before taking a break from school to join the national team, was on the 20-player roster.

The United States won four games before bowing to Canada, 3-2, in the game that determined the gold and silver medal winners.

Kilbourne, one of the most prolific scorers in recent Princeton history, was 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 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 in an interview before the games began. "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."

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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