'Mad Dog' Mattis blows away US Olympic champ with clever, personal letter
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."
U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney gets 'Secretary of Defense' Wikipedia title after heroic gold medal game vs. Canada https://t.co/bdHnmV6FbX pic.twitter.com/Fgplr0rOqR — 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.
"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.
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
Hahaha! That's amazing! — Elliott #SaveTheCrew (@jacketstime) March 13, 2018
Super cool. Congrats Maddie!! — Quotron (@Quotron_) March 14, 2018
That’s so awesome! — Zach Fischer (@Zachfischer20) March 13, 2018
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Holy crap! A note from mad dog himself!!!😮 — Jernerfer (@Jls129Schultz) March 13, 2018