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“I love being a mom, and obviously I love being with my kids, but it’s hard work,” she said. “When it comes time to play hockey, it’s so fun — it’s more enjoyable than pre-motherhood.”

Added her husband: “You see her on the field and she’s competing, running with people, you see her so focused to reach her goal. You feel so proud and happy for her.”

Xavi and Ian have never been to London, but a trip overseas may be in the cards. The 24-member U.S. team will be announced Friday and winnowed to a 16-player Olympic roster in the coming weeks. Smith-Puzo would love to return to the Olympics and help the team medal for only the second time in American field hockey history. And after shocking top-ranked Argentina in the Pan-American Games last October, Team USA believes the podium may be within reach.

But if Smith-Puzo doesn’t make the cut, she’ll happily call it a career. Her two biggest fans — and two greatest blessings — will be waiting for her at home.

“I’ve been like, ‘If I can do it, I’ll do it,’ ” she said, “but this time I can fully, confidently say that I’m ready to turn the next chapter.”