March 4, 2010
Video: Badger Olympians meet with the media
MADISON, Wis. - Four of Wisconsin's seven U.S. Olympians were in Madison Wednesday night, just in time to be honored at the last home men's basketball game. Jessie Vetter, Erika Lawler, Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan brought the capacity crowd to their feet as the scoreboard played highlights of their run to a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Vetter, a Cottage Grove, Wis., native, returned to her hometown on Tuesday, while Lawler, Knight and Duggan made a pit stop in Madison just for the night as they return home to the East Coast Thursday.
They made the most of their one-night stay meeting with the local media prior to the men's basketball game.
All four, which were part of Wisconsin's 2009 national championship squad, fielded questions about the Olympics, playing under Mark Johnson and what they are doing now.
"The best part (about the Olympics) was coming to the rink every day playing with girls that shared this six month experience," said Hilary Knight. "Coming to the rink, being with your best friends and going out there and having fun. While you're doing all this you're representing your country and wearing a USA jersey."
They plan on taking a team trip to St. Thomas after making an appearance on the Ellen Show next week in Los Angeles.
But after that? Well Duggan, Lawler and Knight, who were not enrolled this year, will return home before coming back to Wisconsin in the fall. Lawler has already exhausted her eligibility, but plans to finish her degree at Wisconsin. Duggan will return as a senior and Knight as a junior for the women's hockey team.
"I'm excited (to come back and play at Wisconsin). This year I missed the team a lot, I missed being in Madison and I love it here," said Duggan. "So it's great to stop in and be here, I can't wait to play for the Badgers again. Obviously it's been an amazing year and something that I hoped I would be a part of and it was a great experience and I learned a lot from it. I hope I can bring that back here to Madison."