Ruggiero Elected to IOC Athletes' Commission

Pictured: Angela Ruggiero '02-04, is a four-time Olympian, won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as a senior at Harvard in 2004.
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VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Former Harvard standout Angela Ruggiero '02-04 was selected as one of two individuals to represent athletes on the International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission, as announced today by the IOC.  The election took place over the last three weeks in the Vancouver and Whistler Athlete Villages.

Ruggiero is a four-time Olympic medalist and has played more games for Team USA than any other ice hockey player (250). She graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in government. Ruggiero, a four-time All-American at defense, was tabbed the recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate player, in 2004. She also helped Harvard win the 1999 AWCHA national championship and was named one of the top-16 female athletes in the world by in 2004.

The Commission, which meets once or twice a year, serves as a consultative body and is the link between active athletes and the IOC, the national governing body for the Games. The Commission represents athletes within the Olympic Movement and also upholds the rights and obligations of the athletes.

"It is a tremendous honor to be voted by my fellow Olympians to become a member of the IOC Athletes' Commission and I want to thank everyone who has put their faith and trust in me," said Ruggiero. "I will do all I can to be a good ambassador of the Olympic Movement and represent athlete issues not just from North America, but from around the world."

The appointment of Ruggiero and Pengilly will be for eight years and allows them to become full-fledged members of the IOC. The pair were among nine current and former Olympians in the election. Ruggiero will become the third IOC member from the United States, as she joins Jim Easton and Anita DeFrantz.

"This is a very fitting position for Angela and USA Hockey couldn't be more proud," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "She has been a true ambassador for our sport and the entire Olympic Movement, and will provide outstanding representation and diplomacy for all athletes in her new role with the IOC."

Ruggiero and tthe 2010 U.S. Olympic women's hockey team will compete in the gold-medal game against Canada Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. EST.