A golden key for an Olympic silver medalist. Molly Schaus of the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team joined friends, family and fans at Rosebud downtown Naperville, a week after Evan Lysacek skated through for his reception. Schaus now has her own key to the city and a day in her honor.
“I don’t even know what to say about that. It’s quite the feeling. It’s an amazing honor and I’m so happy I can call Naperville home,” said Schaus.
Growing up in the Brookwood Trace neighborhood, she attended Springbrook Elementary School and Gregory Middle School. She was also a student at Benet Academy for a year before moving to Massachusetts.
Schaus’ old neighbors, the Factor family, brought her first goalie stick to the event. They knew she’d make it to the Olympics all along.
“It wasn’t a great shock because she had commitment and dedication,” said Jody Factor.
“She had the skill set, and we knew she was going to get there. We were all proud.”
She got to the Olympics and came back with the silver. Her closest friends say she’s stayed grounded through the whole experience.
“We have to pry her to see her medals or jerseys. She’s the same. She’s so modest,” said Jacqueline Gargaro.
Schaus was also happy to sign autographs and take pictures with young fans. As she moves forward, she has a lot to look back on.
“From the opening ceremonies, to playing, to having family and friends, all of it,” Schaus said.
“It was a dream come true, more than I could have ever imagined. A once in a lifetime experience for sure.”
After Molly leaves Naperville, she and her teammates will visit President Obama at the White House. Then it’s back to school at Boston College for her senior year.