Olympian Kacey Bellamy
This UNH grad has gone from playing college hockey in Durham to the world stage at the Olympics
Kacey Bellamy during her days at UNH
Photo courtesy of UNH
UNH grad Kacey Bellamy brought home a silver medal from the Vancouver Winter Olympics four years ago. Now she's competing for a slot on the 2014 USE Women's Ice Hockey Team to take on the world at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. From pond hockey with her brothers and neighbors to the Olympic podium, it has been a long but exciting and rewarding run. Read more about Bellamy, pond hockey and women's hockey in this month's feature "Pond Hockey History and Tournaments in New Hampshire."
Every morning these days, Kacey Bellamy laces up her skates, pulls on her gloves, picks up her hockey stick and skates onto the ice in a huge arena in Bedford, Mass., where the USA Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team is practicing. We asked Kacey to tell us about her life on ice.
What were your years at the University of New Hampshire like?
Incredible. I could not have asked for a better college that brought me amazing teammates, coaches and families to help me succeed ... These people pushed me every day ... and in return I have lasting friendships with all of them.
When did you first know that you loved skating?
When my parents bought me my first pair of skates when I was 5. It was the best day ever at that age. And putting them on for the first time and skating, that feeling hasn’t left me.
How much personal life do you have?
It’s hard to juggle the hockey life and personal because it is all we do: eat, sleep and play hockey. But I try to keep a good balance with writing and hanging out with friends and making sure I have time to go home.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in hockey?
I would want to coach, but if I couldn’t be involved in hockey I would like to write a poetry book someday. I have about 30 to 40 poems already written.
What effect does world-class hockey have on you as a person?
It’s my everyday life. It’s being a great person, a great teammate, a great daughter, a great sister, a mentor to young girls, giving back to the community and leaving a lasting impression on the people you meet.
What has been your greatest personal triumph?
Getting the Silver Medal in the 2010 Olympics because it left me with the motivation I have had for the past three years and nine months to have the Gold Medal mindset in everything I do so that when Sochi comes there will be no doubts and no regrets about the preparation.
Your greatest personal disaster?
Getting cut from the development team right before my sophomore year in college. After that, I told myself I would do whatever it took in my power never to get cut again.
Your greatest inspiration?
My teammates and coaches. They inspire me every day and push me to be the best. We have been on this journey for almost four years together.
What’s a young girl’s pathway from pond hockey to the Olympics?
Playing boys hockey is what made me so competitive and mentally tough. Playing at such a high level against stronger competition made playing girls hockey easier. The most important things I have learned are to work hard and be humble in everything.