It's been nearly six months since Meghan Duggan returned from Vancouver to her home in Danvers with a silver medal hanging around her neck.
One of the superstars of the United States women's hockey team from this year's Winter Olympics, Duggan has been extremely busy in the time that she's been home. The Salem News caught up with her recently and, in a question and answer session, found out just what's been going on in her life — and what lies ahead — for the 22-year-old.
How has your life changed since the Olympics?
It was pretty hectic at first. My mom (Mary) and I were joking around the other day; I opened up my calendar the other day, and it seemed like every day in March, April, May, June, there was something. You couldn't believe the people that called and said 'Can you come do this or that?' And you know what? I loved it; loved sharing my experience with everyone.
Right now, I feel like I'm back on track with my normal life. I'm going to be a college student again, going back (to the University of Wisconsin) in the fall, going to enjoy my school team and focus on winning another NCAA championship. But for the first few months after I got home, yeah ... it was pretty hectic. But it was unbelievable; I loved everything. I loved it all.
Did anything surprise you afterward — the adulation you got or the way people recognized you?
I think I was surprised by everything. (The Olympics) had been a dream I had for myself and something I had worked towards ... but the way I was received by the town, by the country — I didn't expect that at all. While I was there, to see pictures of what was going on back here took me by huge surprise. And when I came back, the way I was received by the town was something I never could have imagined. I didn't know that many people had jumped on board or had known what was going on with my life. I'm just a 22-year-old kid from a small town; it definitely took me by surprise.