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Jake's Journal: Kate Markgraf

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Jake's Journal: Kate Markgraf

By Katie DeLong

WHITEFISH BAY – She’s a true soccer mom. Kate Markgraf of Whitefish Bay is trying to help the U.S. win gold, all while keeping track of her two year old. Markgraf looks like any mom at the playground. You’d never guess that she’s competing in her third Olympics. Markgraf is a defender and captain on the U.S. women’s soccer team. Her 2-year-old son Keagan travels with her as often as possible. “He’s with me the entire time in the same room and a babysitter comes and watched him during practice and then I come back and I’m on duty the whole entire time,” Markgraf said. TODAY’S TMJ4’S Jessie Garcia: “How do you juggle all of that?” “I don’t know. I don’t think I juggle it well. I think you just kid of go with the flow,” Markgraf said. Markgraf moved to Whitefish Bay a year and a half ago because her husband, Chris, is from the area. Chris and Keagan are with her in Beijing. “He’s got his flag and his chants. A lot of ‘Go Mamma’ and a lot of ‘USA’ and he’s certainly ready for the Games,” Markgraf said. Maybe Keagan will get to see his mother win a second consecutive gold. Markgraf says the entire team helps take care of Keagan. She jokes that he has 20 nannies. The woman’s soccer team is 2 and 1, and faces Canada in the quarterfinals on Friday.
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