Carlson School sophomore and University of Minnesota honors student Lee Stecklein will journey to Sochi, Russia on Feb. 1 to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games. She is the youngest of 21 players named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team earlier this month.
In balancing a demanding athletic schedule with a full undergraduate course load, Stecklein demonstrates a drive to achieve. She says taking the spring semester off from school won't be easy, but she's excited for the opportunity to compete on an international level.
"It is hard. I feel I just got used to college and I leave for a whole different experience. It's crazy, but this is the opportunity of a lifetime," she told USAHockey.com.
As a freshman, Stecklein helped the Gophers women's hockey team to a national championship. Last season, she scored three goals, including two game winners, and had nine assists. Stecklein plans to return to the Gophers for the 2013-14 season.
Team USA will kick off their race for gold on Feb. 8 when they face Finland.