Julie Chu bonded by tattoo

In our video series, "In the Clutch," about dealing with stress and the pressure to win, Team USA's Julie Chu reflects on scoring the winner for Harvard in an NCAA tournament game. Chu says overcoming nerves in the final moments was the real victory.

Olympic hockey player Julie Chu says her family is faily conservative. But when she made the Olympic team they were all in, getting Olympic ring tattoos.

"We grew up in an Asian household that was in a lot of ways conservative in some aspects, and one of them was in regards to tattoos. I remember when I was maybe 16 or younger, we were kind of talking with my sister. I was like, 'Yeah, let's get tattoos at some point.' Like we're 14, 15, 16 years old talking about tattoos; like not really the most realistic thing ever. And I remember Dad said, 'Absolutely not. You're never going to get a tattoo.' And my sister and I tried to pull that card of, 'You know when-when we're 18, it's our body. We're adults.' That-that doesn't work. Like I don't know why we keep trying to pull those cards, but that doesn't work.

"But eventually, as we were getting older and my sister hit 18 before I did, my dad goes, 'Okay, when you turn 18, if you'd like a tattoo, then we'll go and get one.' And so my sister got one right away, and I'm two years younger than my sister, and I remember, I was leading up to the 2002 Games, and my dad kind of goes like this and goes, 'If you ever make it to the Olympic Games, I'll get a tattoo on my arm.' And I literally was like looking around. I was like, 'Does anyone else hear this?' Like this is my dad who's fairly conservative and a little bit of a dorky Asian, and he was just talking about wanting to get a tattoo on his arms of the Olympic rings.

"And I literally just smiled at him. I go, 'OK, Dad, it's a deal.' And so two, three years later, as we're heading into the Olympic Games for 2002, and I've officially made the team, my dad goes, 'Ow, ow, ow.' He starts moving his arm. And I'm like, 'Dad, are you okay?' Like what'd you do? And he goes, 'No, I'm just getting ready for my tattoo.' And I just smiled huge because I didn't know if he would uphold the bet that we kind of made; our little deal. But he did, and the great thing is that it started with my dad and I kind of talking about it, but then it switched over to my mom also got the tattoo, who, again, I never thought she would get a tattoo."

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