Julie Chu, a medalist for the United States in every Winter Olympics since 2002, believes that women should seek opportunities in both men's and women's hockey leagues. Her opponent in the gold medal game at the Sochi Olympics, goalie Shannon Szabados, recently signed with a men's squad.
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A lack of accountability has allowed Russia to bypass environmental concerns in Sochi, making the Olympics more like a state-sponsored undertaking from the Soviet era rather than a modern day sporting event.