Sara DeCosta, 1998 Olympic Gold Hockey Goalie ...

Sara DeCosta grew up playing and excelling in boys hockey leagues because there were no leagues for girls. By the time she entered high school she was already considered one of the best goaltenders in the state and landed a spot on the men's varsity hockey team as a freshman. While in high school, Sara became the first girl to play in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League's Championship Division, and as a senior she led her team to the Rhode Island state hockey championships and took on national powerhouse Mount St. Charles.

Sara stayed close to home for college, enrolling at Providence College, where as a freshman she made a significant impact with an impressive 18-7-2 record. After her stellar freshman year, Sara took time off to prepare for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.Sara played in three of America's six victories and helped lead Team USA to an undefeated record and an Olympic Gold Medal.

Upon her return to Providence College, Sara again excelled in her position as goalie for the Lady Friars and academically. Sara finished Providence College in just three years and was named as one of the four finalists for the 2000 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the nation's top intercollegiate women's varsity ice hockey player. After graduation, Sara played on the US National Team and prepared for the next Olympic games.

Sara returned with Team USA to defend their gold medal in the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games, where she helped Team USA earn a silver medal. Sara DeCosta is Rhode Island's most celebrated female athlete, not for the number of goals she saves or for the number of Olympic medals, but for her undying spirit and grace she portrays. She has made a tremendous impact on men's and women's sports at her young age, and is an example for all young girls to follow as someone who never let stereotypes stand in her way of success."

 

 

From what ever happened to: "Sarah and Mark live in Rhode Island. They have a daughter Kylie who is now... 3? I think she is just turning 3 years old this month or last month. She just had twin boys in August. They sold the training facility in July. They are the nicest family you will ever meet."

Other:

1) National spokesperson for the National Seat Belt Safety Campaign

2) Fundraiser for Childreach/Plan, a global, humanitarian organization that assists needy children*

DeCosta Joins Harvard Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard women's hockey head coach Katey Stone has announced that Sara DeCosta - one of the most decorated goaltenders in the history of the sport - has joined the Crimson staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2007-08 season.

Source:

RICAA:http://www.ricaa.net/conferencespeakers.cfm
Rhode Island Coalition for Affirmative Action:http://www.ricaa.net/conferencespeakers.cfm
Published on: 4/1/2006 Last Visited: 3/9/2008
ECAC:http://www.ecachockey.com/women/members/harvard/2007108_DeCostaJoinsHarvardStaff
Published on: 8/10/2007 Last Visited: 2/15/2008

 

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