February 10, 2010

U.S. Hockey's Golden Girls

The following article featuring former Harvard standout Angela Ruggiero appeared in the February 8 issue of the Denver Post.

 

By Anthony Cotton
The Denver Post

COLORADO SPRINGS — Celebrating a birthday last month, it occurred to Angela Ruggiero that she had spent half of her 30 years playing on one USA Hockey team or another, a realization that fostered both amazement and exasperation.

"It's crazy. I can't even remember not playing hockey, and it's getting hard to remember not being on this team," Ruggiero said. "You plan things — where will you be, how will you train — around the Olympics. Things that happen in my life I remember in terms of hockey, it's like: 'Oh, yeah, that was the year we played Finland.' "

A week from today, hockey will become the focal point for Ruggiero, with no question about where she'll be (Vancouver) or what she'll be doing (trying to win the women's hockey Olympic gold medal). As a 19-year-old in Nagano, Japan, in 1998, Ruggiero played in her first Olympiad, a rookie on the victorious U.S. team. Now, 12 years later, the defenseman is participating in her fourth Olympics, as an alternate captain.


Complete article can be accessed via the Post Web site by clicking here.