Ruggiero: Back living in SoCal, open to playing in 2014 Olympics

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Simi Valley native Angela Ruggiero, who has played for the women’s U.S. hockey team in all four Olympics that the sport has been offered, says she’s not closed any doors to playing in the next Winter Games in 2014, but it will take some work.

Ruggiero, in a Q-and-A with the Detroit Free Press (linked here), also says she played in the recent Winter Games, where the U.S. team finished with a silver medal after losing in the final to Canada, with a torn labrum and had surgery last month.

“I’ve actually had it for 10 years,” she said. “I’ve never had the opportunity to take three months off, and it’s a six-month full recovery. It affected me a little bit, but not enough to keep me from playing or competing. I’m doing rehab right now.”

Ruggiero returned to Michigan this week for the first time since the Winter Olympics to speak to the student body at Anchor Bay High in Fair Haven, where her sister, Pam, teaches biology.

The story says that Ruggiero, who moved from Simi Valley to Michigan as a teenager,
recently took up residence in Marina Del Rey.

“I have extended family there. I wanted to take advantage of the warmth, and I trained there last summer. There’s a ton of job opportunities out there, as well, in sports marketing, sports broadcasting and just the sports-business side.”

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