- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - After winning her fourth gold medal in women’s hockey, Canada’s Hayley Wickenheiser says she needs a break. But don’t think that means the 35-year-old forward is finished.

“I feel like I still want to play and I love to play and feel like I’ve got a lot left, but right now I just need a break away from the game,” Wickenheiser said Friday, a day after winning what she described as the toughest gold of her career, a 3-2 overtime thriller against the United States.

Wickenheiser says she wants to see where life goes, and still plans to try to get into medical school. Another big factor, she said, is the direction of the Canada women’s hockey program.

“We’ll see who ends up being the coach and where the program is going to go and just what the plans are for the next four years,” she said.

- By Oskar Garcia - Twitter http://twitter.com/oskargarcia

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