With former Union College assistant coach Julie Chu vying for a gold medal in women's ice hockey, it's no surprise students on the campus wanted to watch the game.
What did catch administrators off guard, though, was the number of students opting to stream Olympic events through the web. The crush of online viewers left Union's network clogged, and administrators worried that a popular game featuring a former coach could exacerbate the issue.
"I am asking that people refrain from watching the Olympics via streaming over the Internet as the congestion experienced [Wednesday] affected normal business activity, both on and off campus," said Ellen Yu Borkowski, the colleges Chief Information Officer in an email to students today.
As part of a solution, the college streamed Olympic coverage into the Reamer campus center and urged students to watch the action there during their breaks.
Members of Union's women's team watched the game the game at the Messa Rink this afternoon. Chu, now a four-time United States women's hockey Olympian and one-time standout at Harvard, left her position at Union after three years in May to land a spot on the national team.
The game ended in disappointment for the the U.S. women, who came within less than a minute of winning the gold medal for the first time since 1998. Instead, the resilient Canadians fought back to take the game into sudden-death overtime, where they managed to score the game-winning goal.