During the many years I trained on the ice, I often thought about winning. Like any athlete, part of me wanted to win for myself. But I also wanted to win for my team, my home town, and Canada. I wanted to honour all the people who had shown faith in me, by earning a medal.
What most athletes don’t think about as they’re competing is our responsibility after the big win. I didn’t realize at the time that an Olympic medal would mean I could one day make a difference in the world, just by lending my name to a cause.