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CBC News - Friday Feb. 21, 2014 09:50 ET

Hayley Wickenheiser reflects on gold medal with CBC Saskatchewan

Women's hockey legend didn't sleep a wink

Hayley Wickenheiser and Natalie Spooner
Hayley Wickenheiser, left, hasn't decided if she'll retire or not. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

After receiving her fourth Olympic gold medal on Thursday, hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser says she didn't sleep a wink last night.

"I've been up enjoying every aspect of it, having a lot of fun, taking it all in," said Wickenheiser, the pride of Shaunavon, Sask. "I just lay in my bed and I couldn't fall asleep, it was just so exciting."

The women’s hockey final against the United States was a classic for the ages, with Canada coming back from a late 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime.

"You're trying to take in the moment and relive the moment and think about what just happened and how we were able to come back," she told CBC Saskatchewan Morning Edition host Stefani Langenegger.

"It's just been fun to be part of the energy and ride the wave a little bit."

While Canadians watching in schools, bars and offices might have been having a collective heart attack in the final minutes of the game, Wickenheiser says she and her teammates remained calm and focused.

The team trained hard for the last 11 months and had bounced back from goal deficits many times before, she said.

"It was all built for this moment," she said. "Which is when the stakes are this [high], you have the mental fortitude and resiliency to still execute under a lot of pressure. And that's basically what happened."

This week Wickenheiser was appointed to the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission, a move that could take her hockey career in a new direction.

But when she was asked if she had played her last game, she answered in the negative.

"I don't think so," she said. "Definitely part of me says I want to keep playing and right now I'm not really making any decisions one way or another."

She said she might take a break from hockey, try living in one place and spend some time with her family.

"Maybe I'll go back to the farm in Saskatchewan, spend some time with my grandpa," she said. 

"I still love to play the game and I just have to make some decisions moving forward."

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