Julie Chu of the U.S. women's hockey team has won five world championships, but never an Olympic gold medal. She won silver in 2010 and 2002 and a bronze in 2006.

Immediately after her team beat Sweden on Monday night to get to the gold medal game, Chu said she's been seeing gold the last four years.

"There's no secret, we wanted to get to the gold medal game, and that was since the buzzer rang in 2010," said Chu, of Fairfield, Conn. "We wanted to get the chance to play and compete and win a gold medal.

"Being able to come a long journey in the last four years and be here and to earn a spot to battle on Thursday night . to earn that right is huge for our team," she said. "But we know, again, that we haven't won anything yet."

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