Winning an Olympic gold medal is up there in terms of life achievements but for the U.S. women’s hockey team goalie, a personal note from U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was pretty “cool” too.
Goaltender Maddie Rooney clinched the gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang with a shootout victory against Canada. Rooney stopped 29 of 31 shots by Canada and four out of six in a shootout during the Olympic gold-medal game.
Following the epic win, Rooney’s position on her Wikipedia page was changed to “United States Secretary of Defense.”
Also, I love Wikipedia: pic.twitter.com/hxm9FIzJmW
— Alex Faust (@alex_faust) February 22, 2018
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) February 22, 2018
This apparently prompted the note from the “revered” Mad Dog Mattis, which the 20-year-old from Minnesota proudly showed off.
Wow, how cool is this. ? It is a great honor to jokingly hold the same title as someone as revered as Secretary Mattis. pic.twitter.com/Tr1UDm01OA
— Maddie Rooney (@maddie_rooney35) March 13, 2018
“Dear Madam Secretary Maddie,” the note read. “I want to add my congratulations to you and your teammates for your magnificent performance in the gold medal game. You proved yourself in a hard-fought competition and I salute you — one secretary of defense to another! We are all very proud of you. Sincerely, Jim Mattis.”
Her Wikipedia page may have been changed back, but no one can take Rooney’s note away. Twitter users agreed it was very cool.
Wow, now that’s special!
— Rick Swanson (@RickSwansonNY) March 13, 2018
Mad dog Maddie has a good ring to it for sure ?
— the GOOD samerican (@GravellBonnie) March 14, 2018
Very cool…. And deserved. Congratulations.
— Ken Graham (@kgraham59) March 14, 2018
This is cool. Also, I love Jim Mattis’ handwriting. https://t.co/AWbAIjoNlO
— Colin Duffy (@TheRightDuff) March 14, 2018
Hahaha! That’s amazing!
— Elliott #SaveTheCrew (@jacketstime) March 13, 2018
Super cool. Congrats Maddie!!
— Quotron (@Quotron_) March 14, 2018
LOVE this. He is a great man. And, you, well, you kicked ass!!!!
— Jill A. Pall (@JillAPall) March 13, 2018
That’s so awesome!
— Zach Fischer (@Zachfischer20) March 13, 2018
Holy crap! A note from mad dog himself!!!?
— Jernerfer (@Jls129Schultz) March 13, 2018
This is the greatest thing ever! #maddog
— Catherine H (@vugrad87) March 13, 2018