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Local athletes reflect on Team USA as Olympics begin

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Wearing the Team USA name is an honor only a few understand.  It's an honor two Waterloo Black Hawks players have had and hope to have again in the future.

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.

"Training with the Hawks, we're at the rink at least three hours a day, plus workouts. Then in the summer, your whole day.  Up at 7 a.m. working out, and skating after that," said Waterloo Black Hawks forward Jack Drury.

For Drury and Waterloo Black Hawks forward Garrett Wait, they were skating before they could walk.

"When I was just learning to skate down at the park, I saw some guys with some hockey sticks playing around with the puck and I was like, 'Wow, I really want a hockey stick and to be able to shoot a puck,'" said Wait.

From that moment, to years later suiting up to represent Team USA in at least two international tournaments, it has been a ride.

In 2017, Drury captained the USA team competing at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Europe and was on the U.S. Junior Select Team, which also competed internationally.

"It was like deja vu to one of your dreams. You picture it growing up and you never really think it is going to come true, then you get handed that jersey. It is a pretty special moment," said Drury.

It has taken a lot of sacrifices and will take even more but, with smiles on their faces, Wait and Drury are dreaming of the moment their Team USA sweater also has Olympic rings.

"If I got to do that, it would be the coolest thing I'd ever do in my life," said Drury.

"Go Team USA!" cheers Wait.

Wait and Drury will be cheering on fellow Waterloo Black Hawk Chad Billins, who played for the team during the 2007-2008 season, as he'll be playing his way to Olympic gold with Team USA in South Korea.

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