Warroad Watches One Of Their Own In OlympicsWarroad, Minnesota is a definite hockey town, and it showed today as family, friends and hockey fans gathered to watch one of their own, Gigi Marvin, play on the U.S. Women's Hockey team.
Warroad, Minnesota is a definite hockey town, and it showed today as family, friends and hockey fans gathered to watch one of their own, Gigi Marvin, play on the U.S. Women's Hockey team.
David Marvin says, “We're very fortunate that hockey is a big part of our community, and the people make it important.”
David is one of the coaches of the High School Girl's Hockey team in Warroad. He's also Olympian Gigi Marvin's uncle.
David says, “Everybody in Warroad is pretty proud of her.”
David says Gigi is someone these hockey players can aim to be like. His daughters agree.
Layla Marvin says, “Gigi is definitely a good role model. She's everything a girl's hockey player could ever want.”
Lisa Marvin says, “It's just exciting to see her go that far and accomplish so much.”
They also have many other Warroad Olympians to learn from, including Gordon Christian
Gordon says, “We were all amateurs at that time too, which I think was maybe a little different.”
Gordon played for the U.S. Men's Hockey team in 1956. They took home silver. His two brothers also competed in the Olympics.
Gordon says, “Roger and Willie played on the 1960 gold medal team. My nephew David played in 1980.”
Now Gordon is enjoying watching another Warroad native in the Olympics.
“Tradition for us I guess. It's been really great,” says Gordon.
Across town people are gathering at local bars to watch their hometown girl on the big screen.
Karen Askelson says, “I actually can say that I know that person, so it's really great.”
Back on the ice Coach Marvin is shooting for a short practice so his team can watch Gigi compete together.
“There's been these role models all the way up, and now we've got all these girls. They're very fortunate to be able to look up to Gigi, and see if you put in the time, you never know. You maybe got a chance if you work hard and you make it your goal,” says David.
If the U.S. Women's Hockey team places, Gigi would be the seventh person from Warroad to win a medal in the Olympics.