Meet Nicole Hensley, US Olympic Athlete and Belmar and Lakewood Library Fan

Wondering what an olympic athlete reads?

Meet Nicole Hensley. Nicole grew up in Lakewood, Colorado, attending Green Mountain High School playing hockey for the all-girls Colorado Select hockey program.

She is now in Pyeongchang, South Korea, representing Lakewood, Colorado and the United States in her role as goalie for the women’s US Olympic Hockey Team.

Beyond playing hockey as a kid, Nicole has fond memories of visiting the Belmar and Lakewood Libraries. We reached out to Nicole to ask if she'd share some of her favorite books and stories with us, so we could share them with you!


Here are some of Nicole's favorite childhood books, and here's what she's been reading lately!

"I always remember going to the library being like an adventure,” Nicole recalled. “As a kid, I obviously rushed to the kids section! I just flipped through books trying to decide on only two or three to check out. I remember my mom always having to come find my sister, Brittany, and I, to help us pick out books she thought we might enjoy.”

Follow Nicole's journey to the Olympics on Twitter @WinterOlympics and @NicHens29 using #TeamUSA,  #RoadtoPyeongChang. Show your support by dropping her a note of encouragement, or watch her play during the Olympics at the times below.

Go Nicole and Team USA!

Team USA Preliminary Round Television Schedule (all times are MT)

  • Feb. 11 Women vs. Finland on NBCSN at 12:40 a.m. MT
  • Feb. 13 Women vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia on NBCSN at 5:10 a.m. MT
  • Feb. 14 Women vs. Canada on NBCSN at 8:10 p.m. MT