A big day at the Big House

The 21-member roster of the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team was announced Wednesday between periods of the NHL's Winter Classic at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Meghan Duggan, captain of the national team, takes us through the day.

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Wisconsin alumni Hilary Knight, Jessie Vetter, myself, and Brianna Decker throw up the famous "W" in support of the Badgers! It’s probably the first time any Badgers have been cheered that loudly in the Big House -- home of the Michigan Wolverines.

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The whole 2014 Olympic team up on the stage during the announcement. It may be the coldest any of us have been in a long time, but in a moment like that one, there is nothing else on anyone's mind except pride and the excitement of the journey that lies ahead!

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I’m here in the snow with Jeremy Roenick prior to an interview on NBC after the announcement. I never realized how difficult it is to speak in an interview when you can hear yourself talking over the loudspeaker in the stadium as well.

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Continuing to brave the weather -- and watching the game from outside the warm box we were so kindly provided. Both Lamoureux twins are in this photo -- can you tell who is who? (For the record,
Jocelyne is second from the right, while Monique is in the center of the picture.)

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I got the chance to catch up with NHL Network reporter Kathryn Tappen behind the scenes at the Big House. She is as excited as I am to be traveling over to Sochi in February to cover the men's and women's USA hockey teams. Also, the one and only Ron Burgundy photo-bombed this picture with some serious style.