TO THE USA WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM
ON WINNING THE 2018 OLYMPICS GOLD MEDAL!
|Hockey girls have Goals.|
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USA defeats Canada to win the gold medal in women's hockey
2018 Olympics Canada vs USA in Women's Hockey Gold Medal Game
Olympic Gold Medalist Angela Ruggiero was a member of the gold-winning 1998 team. I interviewed her for the book, Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women. She certainly didn't begin her amazing career as a skilled skater. Read on.
|Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women by J.Q. Rose|
Stories of inspiring women in careers of science, medicine, technology, writing, horticulture and more.
Excerpt: Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, Chapter 10
Angela Ruggiero, proud member of Team USA, stood on the Olympics’ podium to accept the gold medal as the whole world watched. Team USA Women’s Ice Hockey team earned gold medals for their outstanding play against the worlds’ best teams. This was a moment she would remember for her lifetime.
When she was seven years old Angela began playing ice hockey with her older sister, Pamela, and younger brother, Billy, at the local ice rink where she developed the skills and speed.
But Angela’s first step into the ice rink did not go well for her. After many stumbles, slips, and falls, she reached the wall of the ice rink. She held on to it to keep her upright as she inched her way around the enormous rink. She gained a little more confidence and learned how to manage all the weight and limitations of the hockey gear. She began to let go of the wall and try longer strides. She was determined to get up some speed. And finally, after two hours, Angela loved skating! She didn’t want to get off the ice when her time was up.
When Angela was nine years old, she became aware of the problem of being a girl playing in a boy’s sport. Angela was not a petite little girl. She was strong and athletic and could keep up with the boys. Her skills in ice hockey matched and surpassed many of the boys her age. But when a team was selected to play a special tournament in
Angela was chosen only as the first alternate.
This meant that only if a team member were sick or injured, Angela would
be allowed to play.
Angela didn’t wish for someone to be sick or hurt, but she really wanted the chance to play in the tournament. When her brother, Billy, and her dad arrived at the airport to fly to Canada with the team, the coach told them that two boys were sick and couldn’t play in the tournament.
“I’ll call Angela to get ready and go pick her up,” Mr. Ruggiero told the coach.
But the coach said, “No, that’s not necessary, Bill. She’s a girl.”
Although she was heartbroken when her dad told her she couldn’t play for Team California because she was a girl, she never wanted to quit. Instead, she became more determined than ever to be the best player she could be. She didn’t try to get even by knocking the boys down or hurting them, but she did decide to outsmart them with her outstanding skill and maneuvers.
To learn more about Angela Ruggiero, check out Chapter 10, Showing the Boys, in the Girls Succeed interactive e-book.
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