Winter Sports Spectacular: It's this girl's thing...

By Erica Quednau |

Published 02/14 2014 04:56PM

Updated 02/14 2014 05:31PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Many people in Central Illinois are aspiring to, one day, go to the Winter Games, like this 12-year old. Kate Thurman hopes to compete in hockey.

It's not a sport you typically associate with girls, but Kate is here to prove it's something for both genders. Kate started playing when she was just 4 years old, following in all three of her big brothers' footsteps. By 9, she was playing on a team of mostly boys.

But, Kate was looking for more opportunities, so she joined a team in Chicago. Now, she travels up there two times a week for practice and on the weekend for games.

But, of course, she says all the driving and time is worth it. Together, Kate and her teammates have won two state titles and placed second in last year's nationals.

Playing in Chicago has also gotten her opportunities to travel the world. She's been to Sweden and Canada and will head to Finland and Iceland this year.

Kate says playing in Chicago and traveling so much can make her older brothers jealous, but it's giving her the best opportunity to continue her dream to one day compete in the Winter Games.

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