More than 6,100 miles separated Karyn Bye-Dietz from the action on the ice Wednesday night. But that couldn’t dampen a jubilant celebration in Hudson when the Team USA womens hockey team took Olympic gold with a 3-2 shootout win over Canada in Gangneung, South Korea. Bye-Dietz was watching from home with her 14- and 12-year-old sleep-deprived children in a game that spilled into the next day for Wisconsinites. “My kids wanted me to wake them up to watch the end, so at 12:30 a.m.
As Eau Claire native Ben Loomis prepares for his Olympic dreams to take flight in South Korea, only a select few people in western Wisconsin can truly appreciate what it means to step onto that brightest of international stages. It has been 20 years since Mike Peplinski of Eau Claire and Karyn Bye-Dietz of Hudson made their Winter Olympics debuts, but the memories are so clear it could have been yesterday. Peplinski, 43, was a member of the U.S. curling team that took fourth place at the 1998