Olympian Julie Chu

By WEEK Creative Services

December 26, 2013 Updated Dec 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM CDT

Growing up as an aspiring hockey player, Julie Chu experienced first-hand how a family's support and celebration of the messes in life can help any child achieve their dreams.

A 3-time Olympic Medalist and 4-time World Championship Gold winner, she started playing hockey at the age of 8 after an unsuccessful attempt at figure skating and eventually became the first Asian American woman to play for the U.S. Olympic ice hockey team in the 2002 Salt Lake City games at age 19!