As Fast As Her

As Fast As Her

4/5/2022

By Greg Bach

Kendall Coyne Schofield’s journey to hockey greatness and Olympic glory was filled with challenges and doubters throughout her childhood.

She was often the only girl on the ice competing against the boys.

And there were plenty of coaches who made it clear they didn’t think she belonged.

“It hasn’t always been easy,” says Coyne Schofield, winner of three Olympic medals, including gold in 2018 with Team USA. “Through those tough times where there were coaches who said girls didn’t belong I turned to my love for the sport and I didn’t want anyone to ever take that away from me. And I don’t want anyone to ever take that away from anyone else either.”

The six-time world champion and first woman to compete in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition is the author of the new book AS FAST AS HER, which is filled with inspiring stories and messages for young athletes on finding their “why,” being relentless in their dream chasing, and learning how to navigate the rocky patches that pop up along the way.

“I know it’s very cliché but if you love something so deeply and have the courage and passion to pursue it then go do it,” she says. “I knew deep down that I belonged in this sport, and I wasn’t going to let anyone, or anything, take that love and that passion away from me.”

She encourages young athletes to continually work on building their confidence so they can be resilient when adversity rolls in and remain committed to their goals.

For her, she cultivated her confidence by working hard on her skill development so she knew when she stepped on the ice that she belonged and there was no room for self-doubt to creep in.

“You have to work on confidence and for me my confidence came from my preparation,” she says. “That’s how I have always operated, and you have to be super resilient to overcome whatever obstacles you are facing.”

DEVELOPING AMID DISAPPOINTMENTS

Coyne Schofield has had some glorious moments throughout her career, as well as plenty of games that didn’t go her way.

And still sting.

But she seizes those disappointments and flips them into opportunities for growing and developing.  

“As hard as those rough moments are you have to look at it as an opportunity to learn and to get better,” she says. “When you fail, as much as it hurts, be excited because you can get better from it. When I was unsuccessful or when I failed, the hunger and the drive of wanting to get better and to learn is really what kept me going.”

And she reminds young athletes: “Know that you can turn things around and you can get a different result if you are willing to put in the work to get that different result when you do fail.”

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

Growing up, trips to the rink to watch her older brother play sparked her early interest in the sport.

And there’s been a deep, long-running love for hockey ever since.

“I love the team aspect of the sport and I love the camaraderie of being on a team and working toward a common goal with multiple people at once,” she says. “In terms of the game, I love being on skates and skating fast; I love being on the ice; there are so many things to love about the sport. The experiences and the people I have met through this sport is something that I will always cherish.”

Follow Kendall Coyne Schofield on Instagram @KendallCoyne26 and Twitter @KendallCoyne

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