Women’s Hockey Alum Angela Ruggiero ’04 Gives Gold Medals to Team USA

Women’s Hockey Alum Angela Ruggiero ’04 Gives Gold Medals to Team USA

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Following a 3-2 shootout win over Team Canada, former Harvard women's hockey player and Olympic Gold Medalist Angela Ruggiero had the honor of distributing the gold medals to Team USA on Thursday. The last time the United States won gold was in 1998 in Nagano, when Ruggiero was a member of the team. 

"My favorite moment of the Olympics: handing out the gold medals to the newest heroes in America- The United States Women's Ice Hockey Team! Congrats to an amazing group of people...welcome to the gold medal club!" tweeted Ruggiero.

Ruggiero is arguably one of the greatest female hockey players of all time, and certainly in Harvard Hockey history. She was a member of the 1998 U.S. Olympic gold medal women's ice hockey team and went on to play in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 games. She ranks sixth all-time in career points at Harvard on 96 goals and 157 assists for 253 points and won the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2004. In her four years in Cambridge, she helped the Crimson to a 109-13-5 record. In 2015, she was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming just the fourth woman to receive the honor.

She is now a member of the International Olympic Committee, on the Executive Board of the IOC and is the Chairperson of the IOC Athletes' Commission, the body that represents all Olympic athletes worldwide.