We chatted with member of The United States women’s national ice hockey team Savannah Harmon who just won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Harmon is a two time NCAA (W) with Clarkson University where she was also the captain her last two years at the University. Check out our conversation below where we talk about how she got into hockey, representing Team USA and more.
When did you decide that you were going to be an athlete? Did you play multiple sports growing up?
Savannah Harmon (SH): I first started playing hockey at the age of 4, after begging my parents to let me play, because I have an older brother who played hockey and growing up, I followed him around everywhere and had to do everything he did. Ever since then, I have always been an athlete and involved in as many sports as I possibly could be. I grew up playing hockey, soccer, basketball, and ran cross country and track all during grade school. Hockey was always my top priority and favorite sport growing up, however I loved being able to play other sports as well.
When did hockey become more serious for you?
SH: Hockey in junior high, specifically around 7th and 8th grade is when it really became serious for me. I had gone from playing AA to AAA hockey in the Chicago land area during that time, and then specifically in high school, I was focused and had my sights set on my goal of playing Division I college hockey.
What was it like being a student athlete at Clarkson, and what did it teach you time management wise?
SH: Being a student athlete at Clarkson was absolutely amazing, and during my time there I was able to grow as both a person and an athlete, on and off the ice. The support that we received on campus and throughout the town, really created such a great environment to be successful in. Time management was one of the many skills I was able to learn while in Potsdam, from our classes, volunteering, to training, and our games and the heavy travel schedule it really taught me how to manage my free time, in order to be successful in the classroom and on the ice.
What was it like representing Team USA at the The Winter Olympics in Beijing?
SH: Representing Team USA at the Winter Olympics was an absolute honor of a lifetime and really an experience that is hard to put into words. It is such an honor to be apart of Team USA and stand beside all every Team USA athlete. Being at the Olympics was a dream come true and the most amazing experience competing in Beijing, our group was so special and truly just an honor to be apart of.
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