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13 Feb 2015
Lillehammer 2016 , IOC News

Training with the Champ - Angela Ruggiero

Lillehammer’s up-and-coming ice hockey players had some star treatment this week during the “one-year-to-go” celebrations in the Winter Youth Olympic Games host city.  Olympic champion and IOC member Angela Ruggiero shared her gold-medal winning skills with the youngsters during an ice hockey skills challenge session - one of the new innovative disciplines at the YOG.

Starting out with a shooting accuracy test, the athletes had to shoot the puck and be the first to hit several targets around the rink.  The second test was a speed challenge - the fastest athlete to skate backwards and forwards holding the ice hockey stick.

Olympic champ Angela was very impressed with the standard of the shooting accuracy of young player Therese Strømstad, commenting: “She will play in the Olympic Games one day with a shot like that.”

Angela herself shared her special bond with Lillehammer with the young players: “I wanted to go to the Lillehammer 1994 Games but I was only 14 years old.  I watched them on TV and it was what inspired me.”

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