Molly Schaus left Vancouver in 2010 proud but disappointed. Her USA women’s hockey team had just won a silver medal in the 21st Winter Olympics, but the goalie and her teammates fell short of the ultimate prize.
Since leaving Vancouver, Schaus has worked on her game and helped student-athletes hone their skills. She has spent three years as an assistant coach for the UMass Boston women’s hockey team—an experience Schaus says prepared her for a second try at gold in this year’s Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 6 in Sochi, Russia.
“My first time around, I was still a senior at Boston College, so it’s a completely different perspective,” said Schaus, who worked closely with Head Coach Colleen Harris, Assistant Coach Lindsay Berman, and the players themselves. “I think being a coach, I see things in the goalies that I’ve been lectured about for years from my coaches, so to be on the other side of that and to actually see firsthand what my [Olympic] coaches are trying to do to help me be better has helped me on the ice, and I can also relate to the goalies.”
Schaus, one of three goalies on this year’s USA squad, has been practicing with her teammates in the Boston area for the last six months. Schaus says she’s been following the Beacons from afar, and that the support of the team will be an asset to her in Sochi. (See her in action in this video.)
Schaus still treasures her experience in the 2010 Games, but she and her teammates don’t plan to settle for silver this year.
“Ever since I was 9 years old, I’ve dreamed of winning a gold medal, so to be in Vancouver and to be on that stage and experience everything to walk away without the gold medal was hard, so for four years my teammates and I have been training,” Schaus said.
Team USA will represent an entire country as they chase gold, but Schaus—who went to high school in Natick—knows she’s also representing Massachusetts and UMass Boston to the world.
“And we don’t take it lightly. We’re excited to wear that jersey. We represent our hometowns, our schools, UMass Boston, BC, Boston—everybody in the country has a part connected to us and we want to represent them. We’re playing for every woman who’s ever been on this team who hasn’t had the opportunity to win a gold medal, and we take that seriously and we hope to come back in a gold medal in a couple of weeks,” Schaus said.
Team USA starts their quest for gold in Sochi on February 8 when they face off against Finland.