LGBTQ API Athletes: Julie Chu

Julie Wu Chu is a gold medalist from Team USA’s ice hockey team. Born in 1982, she is the oldest female ice hockey player on Team USA and is tied for the second-most decorated U.S. female in Olympic Winter Games history. She has spoken about how fortunate she was that her parents were always trying to open doors for her, even when she was young. Chu was first put into figure skating classes, but when she wanted to, her parents were open to her trying ice hockey. This ended up being a life-changing decision for her.

During her collegiate career at Harvard University, she was awarded the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history. She is the first Asian American woman to play for the U.S. Olympic ice hockey team and competed in four Olympics starting in 2002. While she is still busy playing during the sports season, she has acknowledged that even more than a role model for young female hockey players, she is also a role model for Asian American girls who want to go into this sport as she is Puerto Rican-Chinese.

Her relationship with fellow hockey player Caroline Ouellette is well-documented online. They have baby girl together and post pictures of their happy family on Twitter and Instagram.

Learn more about Julie Chu on Team USA profile.