Cornellian Melody Davidson brings home the gold

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Melody Davidson, Cornell's women's ice hockey head coach and coach of the Canadian women's ice hockey team at the 2006 Olympic Games, goes over a play with team member Danielle Goyette before the team won the gold medal Feb. 20 in Turin, Italy.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- As the 2006 Winter Olympics continue in Turin, Italy, competition results are in from all the Cornellians who are competing in the games.

The Canadian women's ice hockey team, coached by Melody Davidson (head coach of the Cornell women's hockey team, on leave), won gold Feb. 20 after defeating Sweden 4-1. Davidson reached Olympian heights as she directed her team to gold after toppling Sweden 4-1. On leave from her position at Cornell, Davidson coached the Canadian women's team to dazzling heights, outscoring opponents 46-2. She served as an assistant coach on Canada's 2002 squad that also took home the gold in Salt Lake City. Canadian Press reported that this year's team "took women's hockey to a new level at these Olympic games. ..."

Figure skater Matt Savoie, who plans to be a Cornell Law School student next fall, placed eighth in last week's short program and fifth in the free skate program, for an overall seventh place in the competition.

Freestyle moguls skier Travis Mayer, a Cornell junior majoring in applied economics and management, finished seventh in the men's moguls final. Mayer, the silver medalist in the event at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, announced his retirement.

Jamie Silverstein, who attended Cornell for two years in the College of Arts and Sciences before taking a leave to compete in the Olympics as an ice dancer, competed with her partner, Ryan O'Meara, and placed 18th in the compulsory dance program, 16th in the original dance program and 18th in the free program, finishing in 16th place overall.


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