Cahow Brings Renewed Focus to Games

Photo by John Hassett
Photo by John Hassett

The following article featuring former Harvard standout Caitlin Cahow appeared February 25 on the ESPN.com Web site.


By Bonnie D. Ford

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It's possible that Caitlin Cahow was born with all the determination and smarts she would need to become one of the U.S. national hockey team's most stalwart defensemen, a two-time Olympian whose team will count on her fortitude in Thursday's gold medal game against Canada.

Yet she'd be the first to tell you that figure skates have something to do with her personality on the ice.

Cahow's mother, Barbara Kinder, named her after the sweetly skilled pairs skater Caitlin "Kitty" Carruthers, who won the 1984 Olympic silver medal with her brother Peter. Kinder, then a professor of surgery at Yale University who had competed in figure skating as a teenager, signed her feisty auburn-haired daughter up for lessons at Ingalls Rink, better known as the Yale Whale. Cahow picks up the story from there.

Complete article can be accessed via the ESPN Web site by clicking here.