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Angela Ruggiero, American Athlete ( January 3, 1980 - )

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It feels right. But it's emotional. Saying goodbye to anything you've done that long is hard.~Angela Ruggiero


Goodbye Long You

That's the awesome part. Little girls now have a chance to look up and see women playing soccer, basketball, softball and now hockey - and know they can win a gold medal, too.~Angela Ruggiero


Women Gold Soccer

I find that I've tried to become a better hockey player every year and not just hold on. At the same time, I've also made it a point to increase or grow in some other area of my life. If I were just playing hockey, I would probably be done with the sport.~Angela Ruggiero


Life Time My Life

I still love hockey. It's just I'm at a different stage of my life and I think I'm just ready to grow in other ways outside of just being a hockey player.~Angela Ruggiero


Life Love My Life

There were no women's players I knew of. I didn't even know women's hockey existed.~Angela Ruggiero


Women Hockey Know

I'm able to give a voice to the athletes around the world - use my degree for something other than the power play.~Angela Ruggiero


Power World Voice

In a way, by being fully committed to the Olympic movement globally, I'm better able to promote women's hockey and talk about women's hockey and put a face to women's hockey, to all the IOC members.~Angela Ruggiero


Women Better Hockey

The more I've done work with the IOC the more I've come to realize I'm really excited about this, the work that I'm doing and the impact that I can have if I'm fully committed to it.~Angela Ruggiero


Work Impact Doing

I'm in the perfect position. It's a sports position and a political position where I can help better the lives of athletes around the world.~Angela Ruggiero


Sports World Political

I'm getting more towards that point where I'm ready to kind of pass the torch on and see the next generation succeed behind me.~Angela Ruggiero


Generation Me Succeed

The Women's Sports Foundation holds a unique position in developing opportunities for girls and women of all abilities to be active whether recreationally or competitively, and I'm excited to help lead the organization to impact even more lives. It is an honor to continue to build the legacy created by Billie Jean King and all of our leaders.~Angela Ruggiero


Women Sports Legacy

It's not about, 'Let me play as long as I can so I don't have to grow up.' It's about, 'Let me play as long as I enjoy it,' and when it's time to step away, I can step away gracefully even if I'm still good enough to keep playing, because I'm ready for that next phase.~Angela Ruggiero


Time Good Step

I'm not playing for lack of options. But this is such a fleeting thing. When I'm done, I'm never, ever going to be able to come back to it. I know Vancouver is my last go.~Angela Ruggiero


Know Go Done

As a veteran, you're a little more poised on that mental side. But athletically, I didn't really think I could get better.~Angela Ruggiero


Better You Think

Right now, I'm standing behind the glass, and I guess that's a metaphor for how my life will be going forward.~Angela Ruggiero


Life My Life Forward

But inside of me I knew that the Olympics were still there. I was still young enough. I knew that once I transitioned out of hockey, it would be really hard to go back.~Angela Ruggiero


Me Young Hockey

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.~Angela Ruggiero


Memories Team Past

I look at myself, and how much I've gotten just because I play a sport well.~Angela Ruggiero


Myself Look Play

I wish I could play the whole game and come back tomorrow.~Angela Ruggiero


Tomorrow Game Wish