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The 34-year-old is the alltime leading scorer in the history of the U.S. women's hockey team
SI: Your 20-year-old teammate Lyndsay Wall gave you the nickname Stepmom after finding out you were the same age as her stepmother. What other names have these youngsters abused you with?
SI: How close have you been to retiring?
Granato: My back was a major issue after the 2002 Olympics. I was uncomfortable doing something as simple as drying my hair. I contemplated retiring, but I met an amazing trainer in Vancouver who worked with me through acupuncture. It's like I'm a new person and a new player.
Granato: Looking at how skilled our team is and our chemistry, anything less than a gold will be absolutely crushing. Our neighbors to the north feel exactly the same about themselves, and that's what makes the Olympics exciting.
Granato: I'm not certain I would have retired had we won gold. But the drive and hunger that lies in you as an athlete after a loss like that really drives you.
SI: Have you ever felt pressure as a female athlete to use sexuality to market yourself?