I have landed

I am back from Boston, with more tales and holidays snaps, but those must wait. I have to share one experience, though: shortly after I landed at Midway Airport, a group of people with balloons and American flags were waiting outside the security barrier—waiting for someone who shared my name:

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Quite a coincidence! It turns out that Kendall Coyne was a forward on the U.S. National women’s hockey team that won a silver medal in Sochi, and was also on the team that won the world championship in Switzerland in 2011.

I waited around to see who he/she was (I had no idea until I just looked up the name), and she finally showed up to loud applause and a local news team:

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The star forward was tiny, and looked about 12 years old, but she’s really 21 (still so young!) According to Wikipedia, she’s 5’2″ (1.57 m) and weighs 130 pounds (59 kg). At least I got to see what is probably the only Coyne to ever win an Olympic medal. Congrats to her and her team!


  1. Posted March 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Funny. She doesn’t look Jewish…

    …sorry, bad yolk….


  2. mordacious1
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    She’s being greeted by Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, it appears.

    Women hockey players always seem to still have all their teeth.

    So, she’s a silver Coyne?

    Sorry…I’m bored.

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted March 3, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      On the other hand, apparently they have a higher rate of concussion than male players. This also holds true for women’s basketball and soccer, both in high school and college.

      reference: Tucker Center for Girls & Women in Sport documentary.

      • mordacious1
        Posted March 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

        Skulls not a thick?

        • mordacious1
          Posted March 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Permalink


    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

      Probably because they don’t play in the NHL where it seems they are more interested in violence than the game.

    • bonetired
      Posted March 4, 2014 at 4:19 am | Permalink

      That is probably one of the best/worst ( delete according to preference) I have heard in a long time ….

      • bonetired
        Posted March 4, 2014 at 4:19 am | Permalink

        Sigh … brain not working … pun I meant to say!

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted March 4, 2014 at 6:26 am | Permalink

          How terrible! You’re brain robbed you of the punchline. Next it will violently wake you up, just as you’re falling asleep!

          • Kevin
            Posted March 4, 2014 at 6:30 am | Permalink

            Ah brains, what would we do without them. They are ultimately responsible for all of our mistakes and embarrassment.

            • Posted March 4, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

              I dunno. Most creationists make all kinds of mistrakes, and I’ve yet to see any evidence of brain activity from them….


              • ammasbhavya
                Posted March 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

                HA! Brilliant!

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    She’s about my size. It was a really good game. Everyone was watching it at work as I could hear the cheering. Then everyone got silent & I thought Canada lost but we didn’t, thank goodness because we’d never hear the end of it!

    • Larry Gay
      Posted March 4, 2014 at 6:30 am | Permalink

      I was surprised by her size. I thought you had to be big to excel at hockey. I love it when the little people win, presumably thanks to speed, agility, fitness and brains. I (a little person) used to play tennis where being big and strong was not an advantage.

  4. Paul Clapham
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    She looks happier now than she did after the gold-medal game. They say it’s better to win bronze than silver and the teams at the medal ceremony exemplified that idea 110%.

    • John Taylor
      Posted March 4, 2014 at 5:48 am | Permalink

      That was a tough loss to swallow.

  5. Posted March 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    There’s one more: Colleen Coyne won gold on the US women’s hockey team in the 1998 Olympics. I don’t know whether she and Kendall are related.

    • mordacious1
      Posted March 4, 2014 at 2:24 am | Permalink

      Jerry missed his calling.

    • Nick Evans
      Posted March 4, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      Maybe 1900’s Henri Cohen, the noted Belgian water polo player, might have spelled his name differently in another time or country.

  6. gbjames
    Posted March 4, 2014 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Are her metals referred to as “Coyne coins”?

    I’ll get my coat now…

  7. Posted March 4, 2014 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Did you introduce yourself to her or any of her greeters, Prof.CC?


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