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Nicole Hensley stopped by the Rockies game on Friday to talk winning the gold medal for U.S. women's hockey

Nicole Hensley hugged 22 of her best friends on the ice after winning the Olympic gold medal for the U.S. Women's hockey team in February. A lot of the members of the team said they wouldn't take the medal off from around their necks for a while -- even sleeping in it following the ceremony.

After 20 long and grueling years, America was crowned Olympic champions following a sensational shootout win over Canada in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Hensley, the teams' goalie, was in attendance during the Rockies' 5-4 win over the Reds on Friday, to talk about what it was like to win the gold medal and some life lessons she learned along the way.


"The biggest thing for me is to not let anybody tell you 'No,'" she said. "Playing hockey as a girl, a lot of people don't see it as a sport for girls necessarily."

She also mentioned stepping up and cited "not be afraid to play with the guys" is of some significance as well.

"For the longest time, the Olympics was the only competition where they'd fall short," Hannah Bevis, former Managing Editor of SB Nation's 'The Ice Garden,' told "When that's your biggest stage, it's heartbreaking to lose when so much of their legacy was otherwise unblemished. Winning gold this year was especially meaningful, because it capped off a whirlwind year where they stood toe-to-toe USA Hockey -- you couldn't have scripted a more entertaining Olympics, honestly."

Rockies field reporter for AT&T Sportsnet, Taylor McGregor, told Hensley we are all proud of her -- and we couldn't agree more.

For the entire interview, click the clip atop this post.