Angela Ruggiero was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee board of directors and began serving as an International Olympic Committee director in February 2010, following her election to represent all Olympic athletes on the IOC Athletes’ Commission. In February 2014, she was elected vice chair of the Athlete’s Commission while attending the Sochi Olympic Winter Games as a member of the IOC delegation.
Ruggiero’s appointment to the IOC Athletes’ Commission spans eight years, during which time she is a full-fledged member of the IOC. In addition, she was later appointed to the 11-member IOC Evaluation Commission that inspected the three cities competing to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. She now sits on the Coordination Commission for those Games and is chairing the Coordination Commission for the 2016 Youth Olympic Games, while also serving on the Entourage Commission.
A four-time Olympic ice hockey player, Ruggiero grew up in Los Angeles and Harper Woods, Mich. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, where she was a four-time All-American, as well as an Academic All-American.
A star player on the U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Ruggiero won a gold medal in 1998, silvers in 2002 and 2010, and bronze in 2006. During her 16-year career with the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team, she competed in 10 world championships, earning the gold medal on four occasions.
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Ruggiero is the founder and president of a girl’s hockey school; author of “Breaking the Ice,” her autobiography; and formerly served as the director of the New York Islanders’ Project Hope – an organization that provides young Chinese athletes with access to educational opportunities. She has participated in the ProSports MVP Olympic Heroes Tour, is active in Right to Play, is president of the Women’s Sports Foundation and serves on the World Anti-Doping Association board of directors. In 2004, ESPN.com named her one of the top-16 female athletes in the world, and she appeared on season six of NBC’s hit TV show, “The Apprentice.”