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Canada-US ice hockey rivalry thaws as former captains have child together

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Caroline Ouellette, Canadas Olympic captain, and Julie Chu who led US, celebrate birth of Liv Chu-Ouellette, who weighs in at seven pounds three ounces

They have battled three times for Olympic gold, racing across the ice as part of women’s hockey’s most heated rivalry.

On Monday, the former contenders- who have captained national hockey squads for Canada and the US- announced the birth of their daughter.

Liv Chu-Ouellette, seven pounds and three ounces, was born earlier this month to parents Caroline Ouellette, the captain of Canada’s team at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and, Julie Chu, who led the American squad from 2011 to 2013.

” I feel genuinely blessed to experience this incredible adventure with my love and best friend Julie ,” Ouellette wrote on Instagram .” Cheers to the sleepless nights to come !”

On November 5th, at 10:18 pm, after 40 weeks and 2 days, Julie and I welcomed to the world our beautiful daughter Liv. I feel genuinely blessed to experience this incredible escapade with my love and best friend Julie. I did not realise it was possible to love this much until I fulfilled this little buddle of joy! It was a happy pregnancy for us. Liv was on the ice to win the Clarkson Cup with Les Canadiennes de Montreal this past March. We spent the summer coaching the sport we love with great friends. Thanks to our families and friends for your support and for being part of this new journey. Cheers to the sleepless nights to come! Le 5 novembre dernier, a 22:18, apres 40 semaines et 2 jours, Julie et moi avons accueilli notre magnifique fille Liv. Je suis tellement choyee de vivre ce moment incroyable avec l’amour de ma vie et ma meilleure amie Julie. Je ne croyais pa qu’il etait possible d’aimer autant avant de la rencontrer! Ce fut une grossesse heureuse pour nous. Liv etait sur la glace pour remporter la Coupe Clarkson avec Les Canadiennes de Montreal en Mars dernier. Notre ete fut passe a enseigner le sport qu’on aime avec nos meilleures amies. Merci a tous nos familles et amis pour votre supporting et de faire partie de cette aventure. Cheers aux nuits blanches a venir !

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The couple- who last season were team-mates on Les Canadiennes de Montreal in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League – first battled for Olympic gold in 2002, stepping on to the ice in the same jersey number: 13.

The Canadians won gold in those games. Chu and Ouellette again faced off for Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014, with the Canadians winning both times.

The decades-long rivalry continued between Olympic games, with Chu and Ouellette playing against each other for more than half a dozen world championship titles. In the 2007 -2 008 season, the pair worked together as assistant coach-and-fours for the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team.

On Monday, Ouellette and Chu- who between them have eight Olympic medals- described their daughter as their most incredible blessing to date.” We have already been blessed with so many things in our life: Amazing friends and family, Love, Representing our countries, and doing things we are passionate about each day ,” Chu wrote on Instagram.

Their posts triggered an outpouring of reaction online.” What Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette have proved is that you too can live the life of an inspirational athletics movie with a compelling relationship arc ,” wrote one person on Twitter.Another remarked :” I can’t believe Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette merely objective the US-ACanada rivalry eternally .”

Kevin Colelli (@ kcolelli)

The former captain of the Canadian WNT simply had a baby with the former captain of the USWNT. How do you expect me to be okay right now?

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ lifeandstyle/ 2017/ nov/ 14/ canada-us-ice-hockey-rivalry-ends-as-former-captains-have-child-together

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