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The Olympians next door

Standouts on the ice, the country’s best female hockey players are blending into the local families that volunteered to host them as they train for the Winter Games in Sochi.

Forward Kendall Coyne gets playful with Callen Beveridge, a member of her host family, before his youth soccer game.

But Coyne, 21, first met the Beveridges in August. At the time, she wanted a host family close to the national team’s training base at The Edge Sports Center in Bedford, yet also removed from the competitive atmosphere at the rink. With nearly six months full of long practices and long road trips scheduled before February’s Sochi Olympics in Russia, the fast, elusive forward sensed she would need an escape from the pressure. Jen and John Beveridge offered Coyne accommodations in their one-bedroom, one-bathroom carriage house in Concord. At home with the Beveridges, Coyne plays street hockey with the kids, seeks advice on mental preparation for the Games from Jen, who competed professionally in tennis, talks about Russian culture with John, who worked in Moscow for two years, and joins everyone for family dinners.

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