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Coming back to Madison

By Meghan Duggan, member of Team USA and senior-to-be at Wisconsin

Everyone wants to know what it felt like when the 21 names were finally released; I will tell you all what I tell them, it's a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

Since I first jumped on skates when I was 4 years old, I told everyone in my family and everyone in my town that I was going to play in the Olympics. Back then it was just a dream and last month it was made into a reality. For over 15 years I have been waiting to make this my reality. Since August, there have been 23 players training hard and traveling around the country and the world competing against Canada, Finland, Sweden, and local boy's teams in the Minneapolis area. Now, the team is narrowed down to 21 players (the final Olympic roster) and we will be traveling to Vancouver in less than 50 days for the 2010 Olympic Games.

Before we head to Vancouver, we have some stops along the way. There is one that I'm particularly excited for, and that is the visit back to Madison to play the Badgers at the Kohl Center on Jan. 5, 2010. I haven't stepped on the Kohl Center ice since last March when we played in the NCAA quarterfinals and I've definitely had withdrawals this year.

I'm excited to see my Badger teammates and walk around in Madison. It's a place that has changed my life and brought me to where I am today, and I have missed being there this year.

With seven current/past Badgers playing on this Olympic team and Mark Johnson being the head coach of the team, I'm hoping that we can draw a great crowd and put on a great performance at the Kohl Center. Everything about this pre-Olympic tour so far has been absolutely unbelievable and a stop in Madison will just be the icing on the cake. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Bucky's headstand at center ice! :)