After their 41-player training camp last week, Team USA trimmed their Olympic hopefuls list on Monday.
Head coach Mark Johnson announced the 23 woman team that will tour the world in preparation for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Over the course of the season the roster will be reduced to 21.
Interestingly, only 6 players with previous Olympic experience are included - three time Olympians Angela Ruggiero and Jenny Potter, two-timers Natalie Darwitz and Julie Chu and Turin 2006 competitors Caitlin Cahow and Molly Engstrom.
Clearly Team USA is hoping the youngsters can breathe new life into the team, especially following the disaster in Turin. Preparation is key.
The full roster can be seen here. Interestingly 8 of the players come from coach Johnson's University of Wisconsin Badgers national championship team. Also included are twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux.