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It's our life, our everything.” She added that “there would be no financial survival at all” if not for the year-round support the players receive directly from the US Olympic Committee.But that is not enough for some to live on, approximately half of the national team players being forced to hold down “second or third jobs,” according to a press release from their lawyers.Ahead of the team’s group game against Japan tonight, Helen, 34, said: “We try to be as professional as possible and at hockey, we’re just ‘Kate and Helen the hockey players’, and the team is really very relaxed about that.” Kate, 36, the team captain, added: “It’s just a non-issue — we’re two separate players on the team and that’s how staff and the players treat us.” Before their wedding the pair, who have known each other since they were teenagers, had been in a relationship for five years and teammates for two decades.They became a couple just before the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

The pair, who are playing in their fourth Games, got married three years ago.

Ms Cerullo, 25, is a member of the Brazil squad who finished ninth in the tournament after failing to beat Japan. “I wanted to show people that love wins.” Ms Cerullo, who has been in a relationship with her fiancé for two years, grew up in the US and holds dual Brazil-US citizenship.