The Road to Olympic Gold

Cheryl Pounder wowed Canadians as a defenseman in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics where she won gold with Team Canada. Having played on six of Canada’s World Championship hockey teams (she was named an All-Star Defenseman in 2005), and a founding member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, she is one of Canada’s most accomplished female athletes. Most recently, she’s appeared on television as a TSN commentator for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Pounder credits much of her success to the inspiring words of her grandmother who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s (the league that the movie A League of Their Own was based on).

“My grandma was awesome. She was one of the people I looked up to,” says Pounder. “I remember when I was a little girl, one night my mom was going to turn on the television, but before she turned it on, she said, Cheryl, this isn’t about sport, but about the hope and