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Off The Ice Though they came to the Games with one thing on their minds--beating Canada for the gold today--the U.S. women's hockey players have found a way to mix business with fun


COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY LYNN JOHNSON Between shifts in a 5-0 win over Finland are (from left) Julie Chu, Katie King, Cammi Granato, Karyn Bye, Krissy Wendell and Laurie Baker.

FIVE COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY LYNN JOHNSON Clockwise from top left: Bye scores on Germany; coach Ben Smith plots strategy; it's TV time as Katie Couric plays a dance video game with Courtney Kennedy; A.J. Mleczko works her abs; and the gang grabs a photo op with Canadian skater David Pelletier.

THREE COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY LYNN JOHNSON At left, Chu lets her hair down as she and Kennedy visit a salon; a fan shows her allegiance; and Mleczko shoots the breeze with a couple of journalists.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY LYNN JOHNSON The team, left to right: (top row) Mleczko, Angela Ruggiero, Chris Bailey, Kennedy, Andrea Kilbourne, Lyndsay Wall, Baker, Jenny Potter and Tara Mounsey; (middle row) Bye, Shelley Looney, Natalie Darwitz, Chu, Tricia Dunn, Granato, Wendell and Sue Merz; (front row) Sarah Tueting and Sara Decosta.

The U.S. women have outscored their Olympic opponents 31-1 going
into the championship game against archrival Canada.