Team USA's Gigi Marvin (19) skates in a 2010 exhibition against the ECAC All-Stars. (Photo Courtesy: Sara Melikian/(Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
THIS IS EPISODE 64 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Team USA’s Gigi Marvin is a two-time silver medalist at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
Born into a hockey family, Gigi takes after her Dad Mike, her brother Aaron, all who played college hockey and her grandpa Cal, who was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Gigi played her college hockey at the University of Minnesota, where she helped the Gophers advance to the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four in 2009 and earned All-WCHA Second Team honors and was named WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.
Currently training in Florida, Marvin is hoping to make the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey team that will compete for the gold at the Winter Olympics come February in South Korea.
On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Gigi’s journey to the Olympics, the dream of winning the gold, competing against her friends for a spot on the team, how she stays grounded in her faith and why Finding Nemo is her favorite movie.
2:50 – How she got the name Gigi.
3:35 – What her dream was as a young girl.
4:50 – Wanting to get the Olympic Gold Medal in 2018
5:25 – Training in Florida for the 2018 U.S.A. Olympic team
8:15 – Competing to make the team and knowing someone will be left off.
11:30 – How her faith in Christ was formed.
14:40 – Sharing your faith.
17:45 – Growing up in Minneapolis and gravitating to hockey.
19:40 – Criticism and obstacles she faces being a female playing professional hockey.
21:45 – Talking to a teenage girl about overcoming and not listening to those that say you can’t do it.
24:05 – The growth of Olympic women’s hockey.
27:30 – Faith in the locker room.
31:40 – One book, one song, one movie.
33:50 – What is the Lord teaching Gigi right now?
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“It’s about letting God live through you, it’s about surrendering. It’s about a relationship and talking to God everyday.”
“We live in a world where there is good and evil and obviously there’s going to be negativity in trying to bring people down.”
“Surround yourself with people you trust.”
“It starts with love, loving your teammates, laughing with them.”
“I just finished reading “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire.” That book is amazing, it’s all about prayer and the importance of it.”
“God’s promises keep coming back. You know Gigi? There’s a lot of uncertainty now. Every time I just come back an see God’s faithfulness. Just trust in me Gigi! Keep living this, and keep trusting me. I have your life in my hands.”
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