Kelli Stack is a hockey player competing for Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In 2011, she graduated from Boston College, where she played forward for the Eagles’ women’s team. She was also a member of the U.S. hockey team that won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Here’s what you need to know about Stack:
1. She Received a Barrage of Marriage Proposals on Twitter
Stack is beating off potential suitors with a stick. The 26-year-old re-tweeted a litany of marriage proposals she received via Twitter. Here’s a few of them.
@kstack16 Im a Combat Veteran … Do you realize the amount of PATRIOTISM our children will have after we get married!!!??…I know right
— G.Spina (@Vet82nd) February 18, 2014
— Dave Grimm (@DGrimm21) February 18, 2014
— Girl in the Grey Hat (@solarcat) February 18, 2014
2. She Met Vladimir Putin
Prior to the beginning of the Sochi Games, Stack — along with a handful of U.S women’s hockey players — met Vladimir Putin while the Russian president toured the Olympic village.
It was awesome!!! Can’t say I ever thought I would meet him!. Me and a few of my teammates were in the recreation center in the Village just hanging out and some Russian media came over and told us he was going to be in there in an hour and then not even 20 minutes later he came in.
“He saw our clothes and asked us if we were Americans and we said yes and he asked what sport and we said hockey and his eyes lit up and asked if we were having a good time so far. We all said yes we love it and he shook all of our hands and smiled!”
“I will remember that for the rest of my life!! We had to snap a few pics of him too!”
3. As a Browns Fan, She Wants Johnny Manziel
Stack, who grew up in Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, is a big fan of perhaps the NFL’s longest-suffering franchise — the Cleveland Browns.
She hopes the Browns use their first-round draft pick on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
I hope Browns pick Johnny Manziel. We need some spunk in the offense.”
It’s not surprising Stack is a fan of Johnny Football, as the two bear a few similarities. Both are undersized for their respective positions. Stack is 5-foot-5 and 137 pounds — one of the smallest players on the Olympic team. Manziel is generously listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds — still undersized for a prototypical NFL signal-caller.
Both Stack and Manziel have overcome those perceived shortcomings to become among the best at what they do. More specifically, both athletes are incredibly skilled improvisational players, possessing the uncanny ability to create scoring opportunities out of seemingly broken plays.
4. She Started Out as a Goalie
Stack and her siblings were all taught how to skate by their mother Nancy, who was a competitive roller skater.
Stack said she was first introduced to hockey when her older brother Kevin invited her to play at a local ice rink. She started out as a goalie, but switched to forward because of the pricier equipment required to play in the net.
I first laced up roller skates at age two,” Stack said, per her 2014 Olympic profile. “From there I made the switch to ice skates at age four and joined my first Mini-Mite team with the Parma Flyers out of Ohio. I started out as a goalie, but my parents said it was too expensive because of the equipment, so they made me switch positions.”
5. She’s Already Assembled Quite the Trophy Case
Stack played four years of college ice hockey for Boston College from 2006 to 2011, finishing her career as one of the most decorated players in school history. A two-time second-team All-American, Stack finished second on the BC all-time career goals (98) list, first in career assists (111) and first in overall points (209).
She has four total points in Sochi (1 goal, 3 assists) entering Thursday’s gold medal final against arch-rival Canada.
Watch some of Stack’s best highlights above.
You can follow her on Twitter at @kstack16.