POSTED: December 29th 2011

Four-time Olympian Angela Ruggiero retires to focus on IOC

Angela Ruggiero is also a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winner / US Hockey
Angela Ruggiero is also a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winner / US Hockey

Ruggiero took to the ice 256 times for Team USA / US Hockey
Ruggiero took to the ice 256 times for Team USA / US Hockey

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: USA ice hockey champion Angela Ruggiero has decided to hang up her competitive skates to focus on her official duties to represent the athletes at the Olympic Games.

The super star hockey player holds a rack of Olympic medals counting a gold medal in 1998 at Nagano, two silver medals one in 2002 at Salt Lake City and one at Vancouver 2010, and a bronze medal in 2006 at Torino.

The 31 year old International Olympic Committee (IOC) member made history representing Team USA 256 times over the last 16 years. Her wealth of experience and expertise is now being put to good use with her eight-year term as a member of the IOC Athlete's Commission which she won in 2010 at Vancouver. 

She also was appointed to the IOC Evaluation Commission perusing potential host cities for the 2018 Olympic Games and consequently is on the IOC's Coordination Commission for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the IOC Entourage Commission.

Ruggiero said in a statement: "I feel honored and privileged to have represented the USA program over the past 16 years.

"USA Hockey will always be a part of me and I will cherish the experiences and memories with this team. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way.

“I am now looking forward to my next career, as well as continuing my work representing the athletes of the world through my roles on the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee."

Dr. Jacques Rogge, IOC president said: "Athletes need to be at the heart of the Olympics to make sure the Games in particular and the movement in general properly cater to their needs. With someone as dedicated and hard working as Angela representing their cause the 'athletes' voice' is in safe hands. We congratulate her on an exceptional career on the playing field and look forward to her continued efforts on behalf of the Olympic Movement."

Dave Ogrean, Executive Director, USA Hockey, said: "Angela's career is unmatched and while she's an extraordinary athlete, she's equally as extraordinary of a human being. While her career as a player for our national program is now complete, we know she'll continue to be a major contributor to the continued advancement of not only hockey, but the Olympic movement, across the world."

René Fasel, President International Ice Hockey Federation, said: "For some players it's safe to say that once the player retires, he or she will be inducted to a Hall of Fame. Angela Ruggiero is one of those players.”

Donald Trump said: "Congratulations to Angela. I know Angela will be a star at anything she does as she takes this next step in her life.”

Ruggiero has also been very active in humanitarian projects: she is the founder of the All American Girls' Hockey School; the author of "Breaking the Ice," her inspirational autobiography; and the former director of the New York Islanders' Project Hope - an organization that provides young Chinese athletes with access to educational opportunities. In 2007, she appeared in the sixth season of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" on NBC. Her charitable efforts are far-reaching and include involvement with the ProSports MVP Olympic Heroes Tour, Right to Play, and

In March of 2012 the IOC Coordination Commission will pay its first visit to PyeongChang to overview their progress for the winter Games and Ruggiero will be taking notes and adding her input on the conditions for the athletes.

Keywords · Angela Ruffiero · IOC · Jacques Rogge · Donald Trump · Rene Fasel · Dave Ogrean · ice hockey

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