"We really tried," Weiland said. "You couldn't say that in watching the game, playing the game, we put our hearts out there -- that's what hurts, is you put in years and years of work and you have a dream, but I wouldn't change a thing. I wouldn't change a thing in everything I've accomplished over the last few years."
Perhaps the most poignant moment for Weiland as her team was receiving their medals and the Canadian crowd began to chant, "USA! USA!"
"That was at that time where I looked around and there was nearly 20,000 people who had just watched you – and I don't know how many more on TV," Weiland said. "And I think that's the moment that I realized what a huge -- or allowed myself to realize the stage that I was on for the 60 minutes of a hockey game."
Now that her competition is over, Weiland says she knows there are personal decisions to make about her career and where she goes from here. But for the next couple of days, Weiland says all that can wait.
"I'm just living in the moment," Weiland said. "I'm just going to stay right here, soak up the last three days of Olympics and then evaluate through just what my goals are moving forward. But right now my goal is just to enjoy this, share it with Alaska, share it with everyone."
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