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August 3, 2010

Meghan Duggan Unplugged

The Olympic women's hockey star from Danvers talks about life six months after the Vancouver Games, going back to Wisconsin for her senior year of college — and already thinking about the 2014 Olympics in Russia

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How about other people reaching out to you?

Obviously Facebook is a huge network, and even now I can't even catch up on all my friend requests. I think people see you in the Olympics on TV and they want to be your friend on Facebook. We all got funny messages from some guys — 'Oh, I saw you on TV' — but it's like, I don't know you or where you're from. So I just (accept) people I know now. Like there are guys I grew up playing Little League baseball against who remember me being the only girl on the Danvers American all-star team, or guys I played hockey against, they write me a message and that's exciting, rehashing old memories.

I know you're back in the mindset of training and getting ready for your senior season at Wisconsin — what exactly are you doing to get ready?

I've skated in the same (summer) league, the All-Out Summer Program, since I was a freshman or sophomore in high school. Paul Kennedy, my old high school coach at Cushing Academy, has been really instrumental as a coach, mentor and friend, and has always been adamant about getting players on the ice in the summer. So we pay for ice in Bedford at the Edge Sports Center three nights a week. (Best friend and Olympic teammate) Erika Lawler and I go over there and skate now, and we're the old kids and Olympians coming back; it used to be we were the ones skating with Olympians.

Are any of them in awe of you two?

We skated with some of these girls and watched them develop. Last year, we skated in the league before the Olympics, and they were like 'Good luck with everything this year.' They all followed the Games, and to come back and see how they've progressed and see them all again is really nice.

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