U.S. women's hockey standout Hilary Knight was born in California and raised in Illinois. She attended boarding school in Connecticut and college in Wisconsin. She plays professionally in Massachusetts.
But for at least 15 years, she has spent her free time in Idaho.
A love of skiing led the Knight family to Sun Valley for vacations before they finally decided to settle there five years ago.
"The opportunity to have the combination of the seasons and the outdoors and the sports, it's a great lifestyle," Jim Knight, Hilary's dad, said. "It was a great fit for us." That's how Idaho became home to one of the top-scoring forwards on the American team going into the Sochi Olympics.
Knight, 24, ranked third in the Olympic tournament in 2010 with seven assists in five games. She scored five goals each in the 2011 and 2012 world championships to finish among the tournament leaders.
In March, she became the first American named MVP of the Canadian Women's Hockey League -- as a rookie. She led the Boston Blades to the league title.
And at Wisconsin, she led the NCAA in goals and carried the Badgers to national championships in 2008-09 and 2010-11. They finished second in her other two seasons.
So it was little surprise that she scored the Americans' first goals of the Sochi Games. She beat Finland's Noora Raty, considered one of the top goaltenders in the women's game, just 53 seconds into a 3-1 U.S. victory. She also had an assist.
"She's a force to be reckoned with out there," U.S. assistant coach Hilary Witt said. "... She's so committed to this team and to hockey. She's like a little kid in a candy store when she's on the ice."
Knight has spent four years training for the opportunity at the Winter Games. The Americans lost to Canada in 2010 and went home with silver medals.
There's an increasingly feisty rivalry between the two teams that could decide gold again this year.
"We ended up losing the last game of the tournament -- that's something that sticks with you," Knight said. "It's been with me ever since. When I'm going through hardships in training ... I think, 'I'm doing this to get the gold medal.' " The U.S. and Canada have won all 19 world and Olympic championships in women's hockey, with the Canadians taking 13. Canada won Olympic gold in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
But the Americans are bringing an edge to this Olympics that they lacked in the past. They brawled with the Canadians twice in a pre-Olympic series. The teams are scheduled to meet in a preliminary game Wednesday in Sochi.
"We sort of just let them have their way with us," Knight said. "We've always tried to take, not necessarily a higher road, but a different road and avoid the contact. We were soft before. We weren't really resilient.
"Now, with our coaching staff, our support staff, the last three years they've really worked on hardening up our players, making us a little tougher. If somebody takes a cheap hit, they better be scared, because they're going to have to deal with 20 other girls on our team. It's a bond we've created among ourselves." Knight (5-foot-11, 172 pounds) is the most physically imposing forward on the U.S. team.
"She's got a great body for hockey," Witt said. "She's incredibly strong. She can shoot the puck well. She uses her size to her advantage, which is a huge key at this level." Knight grew up in a skiing family -- her cousin, Chip Knight, skied in three Olympics and her parents have worked as ski instructors -- but when the family moved to Illinois they needed to find another pastime.
Her mom, Cynthia, met the wife of a hockey coach who suggested she put her four kids in ice skates.
Knight, who has three younger brothers, began playing when she was 6.
Two years later, the U.S. won its only women's hockey gold in the 1998 Olympics. Knight still wears No. 21 in honor of then-U.S. star Cammi Granato.
"I thought, 'Oh my gosh, that's so cool, that's what I want to do,' " Knight said.
Knight didn't choose hockey over skiing until she arrived at boarding school at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. That's where Jim learned for sure that his daughter possessed a special talent.
"I suspected it for a long time," he said.
One popular story, Jim said, is that Choate needed to kill a 90-second penalty in a tournament. Knight skated with the puck for the entire time, playing keepaway.
"She was such a dominant force on the ice," Jim said.
Knight joined the Badgers in 2007. She played two seasons, took a year off for the Olympics and played two more. She scored a school-record 143 career goals and school-record 47 single-season goals at Wisconsin.
Jim remembers the first day of open recruiting before her senior year at Choate.
"There were 24 Division I college teams at that point," he said. "By the end of the day ... every single one of them had called our house."
Knight's dominance continued last year in Boston.
And there's a good chance she'll play another four years to compete in a third Olympics -- as long, she said, as she still has the passion.
That seems likely, considering her post-Olympics plan is to rejoin the Blades for the homestretch of the pro season.
"Being able to continue to take all the attention on the Olympics and bring it back to the league would be great, especially being the only U.S. team in the league," she said. "I feel I have this responsibility to come back and play.
"Also, it's a lot of fun."
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