Oshie, Marvin Make Warroad ProudWarroad's T.J. Oshie and Gigi Marvin will represent Team USA at this year's Olympics.
By: Dan Corey, WDAZ
For most, January 1st was the beginning of a new year. But for frigid Hockeytown USA, it was a warmup to what will be a fun February.
Steve Bengtson, Warroad Athletic Director, “Very, very exciting. That was the talk of the town because everybody was waiting for January 1st for those Olympic rosters to be announced.”
Warroad natives T.J. Oshie and Gigi Marvin were two of 46 players named to the US Olympic teams.
Henry Boucha, Olympic Silver Medalist and Warroad native, “I had done hockey schools out in Seattle in the early 90s and I could tell T.J. saw the ice well, he skated well. He was a heads up play-maker at that time, even as a six-seven year old.”
Connie Marvin, Gigi's mother, “Gigi has always loved hockey. She loves to be at the rink, she will be at the rink forever. She’s had excellent coaches and wonderful teammates. I think it is wonderful for Warroad and we appreciate all the support that the community has given her.”
Olympic silver medalist Henry Boucha remembers a fierce competitiveness in T.J. and Gigi even when they were young kids.
“They were so competitive that they got into a fight and surprisingly, Gigi won. That’s how competitive she was. They were both crying when they came out of the box but it was kind of hilarious. We always teased T.J. about losing that fight.”
Now, the two will be fighting for Team USA, looking to bring back the gold.
The two come from a long list of hockey greats to come from Warroad but the two share something very unique. Both graduated from the Warrior Class of 2005, both are in this year’s Olympics.
Bengston, “It’s unbelievable how we’re a town of roughly about 2,000 people which in itself to have two Olympians is amazing. To have two classmates out of a class of about 120 is almost unheard of.”
David “Izzy” Marvin, Warroad girls hockey coach, “Gigi makes a lot of sacrifices as do the other girls. I think the love of the game is a big part of that.”
A love for hockey that started at home.
Mike Marvin, Gigi's father, “When she’s at home at Christmas, she still goes to her cousin’s outdoor rink. We’re proud of her. We’re proud that Warroad and the state can be represented by her.”
The Olympic Games start February 6th.