The Carlson School of Management community includes students, alumni, and faculty who rise to the tops of their chosen fields.

Count alumna Lee Stecklein, ’17 BSB, and current undergraduate Kelly Pannek among those highest of achievers. The Carlson School duo claimed Olympic gold medals as part of the U.S. women’s hockey team last week at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Pannek, an All-American forward who took this year off from school to train for the Olympics, provided the assist for the game-tying goal in the third period of the gold medal victory over Canada. That helped pave the way for Team USA to win in a thrilling shootout, the team’s first gold medal in 20 years.

The Supply Chain Management major also recorded an assist in the semifinals against Finland.

Stecklein, a former All-American defenseman and three-year captain for the Gophers who majored in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing at Carlson, logged heavy minutes on the blue line for the U.S. throughout the Olympic tournament.

Pannek and Stecklein were two of the six current or former Gophers players representing Team USA at the PyeongChang Games.