USA Women and Canada Men qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics

  • USA women and Canada men confirmed their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 at the Pan Am Games
  • Canada men won their semi-final match at the Pan Am Games and will meet Argentina in the final
  • USA women won their semi-final match at the Pan Am Games and will meet Argentina in the final
Adam Froese scored winning penalty shoot-out against Brazil to confirm a place for Canada in Rio 2016 Olympics

Adam Froese scored winning penalty shoot-out against Brazil to confirm a place for Canada in Rio 2016 Olympics

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed that USA Women and Canada men have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA women beat Canada and Canada men beat Brazil in their semi-final match, to confirm their place in the final of the Pan Am Games hockey event and ultimately their place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Continue reading →

Brazil Hockey team confirms their place in RIO Olympics

  • Brazil men confirmed their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 at the Pan Am Games
  • Brazil beat USA in a shoot out to book semi-final spot at the Pan Am Games and ensure their participation in Rio in 2016
  • Semi-final spot at the Pan Am Games satisfies host nation participation criteria for Rio 2016
Brazil celebrates after confirming their place in Rio Olympics

Brazil celebrates after confirming their place in Rio Olympics (FIH Photo)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed today that Host Nation Brazil men have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Brazil defeated USA in a shoot-out in the quarter finals of the Pan Am Games this morning, thereby qualifying for the semi-final and additionally confirming their place in the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Continue reading →

Hockey Olympian Claire Laubach retires after 8 Years on USA Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 15, 2013 – 2012 Olympian Claire Laubach (Centreville, Va.), who shares a story of perseverance and hard work that is nothing short of inspiring, is closing the chapter of an incredible field hockey career that includes three NCAA Division I National Championship titles and a Pan American gold medal. After eight years and 167 international competitions with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Laubach made the bittersweet decision to, in her own words, “pass the torch.”

As Laubach reflected on her career and time spent on the U.S. National Team, one of the most notable memories was the Pan American gold medal victory over the No. 1 world ranked team Argentina back in October 2011. The historic victory was not only a first for the U.S., but secured Laubach and Team USA a spot in the London Olympic Games. Continue reading →

Vittese prepares for upcoming series against Argentina

The U.S. will face Argentina, June 18-23 in Virginia. Michelle Vittese recounts the biggest victory in
USA Field Hockey history and focuses on having fun and playing freely in upcoming series

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It’s the type of loss you don’t forget.

Six-time Pan American Games champions Argentina, faced five-time silver medalists U.S. Women’s National Team in Guadalajara, Mexico last November. Unlike previous years, the U.S. rewrote the ending with a swift upset against the Las Leonas. The prize was much heavier than a medal. The victor secured their place in the 2012 London Olympics. Although Argentina was invited to the Summer Olympics based on their world ranking after South Africa gave up their direct berth, the loss to No. 13 ranked U.S. still stings.

The U.S.’s final preparation before competing on the vivid pink and blue London pitch has come full circle. Their last round of matches is against Argentina June 18-23 in Virginia. Even months after the Pan American Games, emotions are still raw. The memories of the fall will serve as fuel for both teams as they meet for one last series before heading to Europe next month.  Continue reading →