While winter sport competition pushes on around the world, athletes look one year ahead to a competition that represents the completion of goals met and dreams reached for athletes everywhere – the Olympics.
On Feb. 12, 2010, the opening ceremonies will commence two weeks of competition on the world’s stage from Vancouver, where battles will be won and lost, but everyone will walk away an Olympian.
With one year to go, three-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero appeared on the Today Show this morning to coach host Meredith Vieira on the ice at Rockefeller Center. Ruggiero is currently part of a women’s residency program established by USA Hockey in Minn., for post-NCAA players. There, she is training with the 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team in hopes of making her fourth Olympic appearance in 2010.
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The year-out date finds top U.S. athletes competing from Vancouver to Moscow, battling for this year’s World Cup titles, but thinking, too, about Olympic medals 12 months from now.
A few of the top U.S. ski and snowboard contenders took time from their global competition travels this week to tell their story a year out from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – where are they now and where will they be a year from now at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.