Hockey legend Caitlin Cahow a courageous symbol of empowerment

A member of the US squad that captured a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, Caitlin Cahow will be returning to the world’s biggest stage. With the 2014 Games being hosted in Sochi, Russia, Cahow shall be serving on US President Barack Obama’s delegation that shall represent the US at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Having retired from ice hockey after leading the Boston Blades to the 2013 Clarkson Cup championship, Cahow has managed to remain involved in the sport. In addition to attending law school at Boston College, she appeared at the Boston Blades’ first-ever “Women in Sports” series, recognizing Meghan Duggan.

Appearing on NBC's Today Show

Appearing on NBC’s Today Show

Introducing Duggan at the event, Cahow also spoke about being an openly gay athlete and the struggle for equality. As Cahow is part of a modern-day group of accomplished female athletes challenging cultural norms about the role of women in sport and society, she is a champion for the cause of acceptance.

Ivy League educated and articulate, Cahow is also a proud member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. With the CWHL a proud partner with the You Can Play! Foundation, looking to remove bullying and homophobic behavior, Cahow also reinforces a courageous message that athletes have the right to not feel shame or stereotyping based on the way they identify themselves.

In travelling to Sochi, Cahow brings a powerful message about values such as equality and empowerment. An openly gay athlete, her presence is a direct rebuttal to the law that the Russian government passed in June 2013 prohibiting the propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations. In addition, she will be joined on the US delegation by tennis legend and champion for women in sport Billie Jean King, another gay athlete.

King shall be part of the delegation that will appear at the opening ceremonies. Joining her are University of California president Janet Napolitano, the first female secretary of Homeland Security, Michael McFaul, the United States ambassador to Russia, deputy chief of staff for policy Robert Nabors and Brian Boitano, a gold medalist in figure skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games.

Of note, McFaul shall also participate in the delegation for the closing ceremonies. Cahow shall be part of said delegation, joined by speed skating legend Bonnie Blair, Dr. Eric Heiden and William Burns, the deputy secretary of state.

Having been interviewed for CBS News, along with making an appearance on NBC’s Today Show, Cahow is truly paying it forward. As the Modern Olympic Movement preaches the removal of ignorance and working towards social progress, Cahow is part of a diverse yet inspiring group of delegates that prove the US is dedicated to preserving and reinforcing civil and human rights.

Also serving as an advocate for concussion research, an injury which sidelined her for most of 2012, Cahow is symbolic of today’s intelligent, strong and ambitious women. For all the LGBT athletes that have endured fear or lived in silence, Cahow and King are part of a bold statement that encourages freedom. Their mission is also one of a humanitarian nature, extending sport, where the hopeful outcome is one where ignorance can be eradicated and a greater understanding of celebrating the human spirit.

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