Rui Sun is unlikely to become a household name. But she did end a 20-year career in organized hockey on a high note on Monday, scoring the game-winning goal and leading Team China to its first victory of the tournament.
Fighting back tears as she talked about the fact she was retiring, Sun told me she badly wanted to help her team, despite having to play through a number of injuries. As for the win, she said (through an interpreter) "Now we are kind of satisfied, note completely satisfied, but no regrets."
Sun was a fireplug for Team China, even though she didn't notch a goal until the final game. Her speed made her one to watch, even in games where China was solidly outmatched.
Speaking after the 3-1 win over Slovakia on Monday, Sun said she was able to keep both her emotions and injuries in check. As for her future, she said some R&R is tops on her post-retirement list.
"I want to rest for a little bit and adjust and carefully think about a career," she said. "If I could, I would like to do something related to ice hockey."
The Chinese coach, Hannu Juhani Saintula, a relative newcomer to the team, said he didn't know all of Sun's accomplishments but said she had been a longtime contributor to Team China and had battled hard in Vancouver. "I really respect how she worked," he said.
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Sun said she wanted to give it her all, telling reporters: "This was our last game of the Olympics and I wanted to play up to every last second."
Ina Fried is a Senior Writer for CNET News. She will be in Vancouver covering various angles for both CBSSports.com and her CNET Blog " Beyond B1nary ". You can also follow her on twitter at: http://twitter.com/Inafried