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Hamline Assistant Hockey Coach Wins Olympic Bronze

Hamline Piper hockey fans scored big when the Finnish women’s hockey team prevailed over the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) in the bronze medal game at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Wearing number seven for her native Finland was Hamline assistant women’s hockey coach, Mira Jalosuo.

Jalosuo grew up playing competitive hockey in Finland including playing four world championships for the Finnish national team. She became one of the first European players to join the Minnesota Gophers women’s hockey team where she met now Hamline head coach, Natalie Darwitz, “We’re all really proud of Mira and to see her sacrifices and dedication pay off at the Olympic games is exciting for everyone at Hamline.”

Jalosuo was a student in the forensic science program and has volunteered as the assistant women’s hockey coach at Hamline for three seasons. Her work has left a big impact, “Mira is key in work with our defense and is a really positive influence on the team,” said Darwitz.

To prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Mira left Hamline to train full-time with the Finnish team. She also played in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but this is her first Olympic medal win.