Olympic Medalist Angela Ruggiero Was Cut From Hockey Team at Age 9

Angela is a four-time Olympic ice hockey medalist, World Champion, National Champion and Harvard University graduate with almost every honor and distinction in the book. Angela fell in love with ice hockey as a young child, but since she was a girl, there were very limited opportunities for her to play.

Angela Ruggiero (credit- Mathew Edstrom)Angela says:

“I was told I “can’t” when I was 9 because I was a girl… I was cut from an all boys team my brother was playing on and was selected as first alternate.

Being told I couldn’t sent a message to me at an early age:

To prove I belong.

That moment provided me with the impetus to push myself harder than ever before…

A reason I was able to make the Olympic team at age 18.

Thank you to that coach!”

So, Angela made it her mission to be as good as, and even better than the boys… and she is!

Angela never let being a girl stop her. In fact, it just fueled her harder to reach the top. Angela even played in the CHL as the first female non-goalie to play professional hockey in the US.

When not training, competing or traveling the world (as necessary for her newly-appointed position on the International Olympic Committee Board), Angela runs a girls hockey school to make sure that girls all over have great opportunities to follow their own dreams as well.

Angela is a trailblazer in the international world of women’s ice hockey. She is quite an accomplished and passionate woman who is truly an inspiration to all.


Find Angela at: http://angelaruggiero.com/


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