Olympic Athletes Return Home After Summer Games
The Rio closing ceremony was a worldwide party and after great success on the pitch, STX athletes had reason to celebrate all the way back to their home fields.
Check out this recap of our athletes and their post-Rio thoughts on their Olympic experience.
Shona McCallin, Team Great Britain
In her first Olympic appearance, Shona was a key player in Rio, helping Team Great Britain take Gold against Holland. The team won all seven games on their way to the Finals, resulting in the first-ever Gold medal for Team Great Britain. Of her experience, Shona said:
"If I would have made a wish as to what I wanted to happen, it would have been to win all seven games leading up to the final, meet the Dutch and beat them 5-0," she said. "Not quite, but close! It still has not sunk in but will soon, I'm sure."
Jeroen Hertzberger, Team Netherlands
Jeroen scored four goals for Team Netherlands throughout the games, including two against Canada, helping the team reach 7-0 in a shutout win. During the Semifinals against Belgium, he assisted teammate Valentin Verga in scoring a goal right after halftime. The final Bronze medal match came down to a penalty shootout where Jeroen nailed a shot alongside teammates Robbert Kemperman and Severiano van Ass.
"Performing at the highest level is what every athlete wants," said Jeroen. "At the Olympics, you can feel the ambition of every athlete. [Knowing that we were] All gathered in one city makes it the greatest experience of my life."
Katie Bam, Team USA
Can't believe it's been a week and a half since I have been on the field with my amazing team mates! Now that the blackout period is over I have two very important companies to thank! @stxfieldhockey and @nike thank you for the pleasure of representing two of the best companies in the world at the Olympics! Also a shout out to @pressurepositive for keeping me healthy along the way! If you want to be the best you have to have the best tools and these three have definitely set me up to succeed in every way! Hopefully many more memories to come with my favorite companies! ?? #thebestsponsors #thankyou
Katie first made her Olympic debut at the 2012 games where she was the youngest player ever to be part of the U.S. National Team. In Rio, Katie tied for 1st for top goal scorers during the games with a total of 5 goals. She helped Team USA all the way to the Quarterfinal match against Germany. Leading up to the Quarterfinals, Katie led Team USA against Japan in Game 3, scoring three goals for a 6-1 finish. In Game 4, Katie scored another two goals against India. Team USA finished 5th in Rio, which is the highest ranking the team has achieved since the Atlanta games in 1996.
"I had an awesome Olympic journey...it's not the runs, the lifts, the intense training...but rather, the people I ran next to, lifted with and battled with in daily training," said Katie. "When four years comes down to 'that moment,' you can look left and right and smile with pride for those you stand beside during the anthem. We didn't get to stand next to each other on the podium this time, but there's no one else I would've rather gone to battle with than those girls!"
Congratulations to STX athletes Katie, Shona and Jeroen on their hard work and success!
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