LONDON – The U.S. will face-off against world ranked No. 3 Germany on opening day, Sunday, 29 July, at 9:15 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 4:15 p.m. ET.
Germany is competing in their sixth Olympic Games, with their best appearance being a gold medal in 2004. They finished just out of medal contention in Beijing and will look to reassert themselves on the podium while in London.
Natascha Keller is the veteran on the German squad, competing in her fifth Olympic Games. She has played in more than 400 competitions and has scored 203 goals throughout her illustrious field hockey career. Keller carried Germany’s flag into Olympic Stadium for Opening Ceremonies last night, the first female for Germany to do since 2000.
Keller competes alongside two teammates who also boast a gold medal from Athens in 2004, Fanny Rinne and Mandy Haase. Rinne is making her fourth and final Olympic appearance in London.
The U.S. has made it clear that they anticipate taking home hardware from these Olympic Games. While considered the underdogs by being ranked No. 10 in the world, the U.S. is confident a podium finish is achievable.
“I’m really excited to start the competition,” says Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) “This is the moment I have been waiting for my entire life. There is going to be a big crowd and a lot of people watching, including my family that arrived today. I look forward to playing Germany and getting a win in this first match.”
“Germany is a very skilled team that has a great potential to score goals,” said Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.). “It is going to be about taking advantage of the small moments that come in the game. The team that does that will be the one that is going to come out on top.”
The quest to gold begins.
USA Field Hockey Press Release