Daughter of WMU hockey coach to lead Unified Korea women's hockey in Olympics
KALAMAZOO, Mich. —
Sarah Murray, daughter of Western Michigan University hockey coach Andy Murray, is gearing up to lead the first unified women's ice hockey team in South Korea in the winter Olympics.
The proud dad says it’s been a whirlwind since news broke that North and South Korea would play under one flag.
"She has become a bit of a political figure throughout the world here now,” Andy Murray said. “She has been on national television networks now and different countries and so on."
Murray says the last-minute decision to unite the team has caused some concerns for his daughter who has devoted so much into the all-girl team.
"Sarah moving to South Korea to coach the Olympic hockey team was a major move for her,” Andy Murray said. “She played in Europe; she played hockey in China and has had some interesting experiences in her life and she is 29 years of age. For the last four years, she has been in charge of the Olympic team."
The move to unify the team has also drawn criticism and hope all over the world following high political tensions.
"I think it is special for the Olympics and a unified Korea. It is something the world has been looking for. The tension we felt here and obviously when Sarah first moved there, every time there was an issue between the United States and North Korea you always have your antenna up,” Andy Murray said.
And with just two weeks left to sort things out, Andy Murray says his daughter will have some difficult decisions to make.
"It's a tough time for her because it may mean some of the players she has worked with for four years may not be able to have an opportunity to participate, so she is dealing with that,” Andy Murray said.
The games will begin on Feb. 9th and North Korea will send supporters to cheer on the team.
Murray tells me his wife and children will be at the games supporting their daughter.