Keli Smith-Puzo

Field Hockey

  • 2008
  • 2012
Hometown: Selinsgrove, Pa
 Current Residence: Oxford, OH
Born: 1979
Joined National Team: 2002
Position: Striker
Number: 13
Caps: 179

BIO

Though the U.S. Olympic National Team carries a roster of 16, Smith Puzo added one more to her own family's roster when she gave birth to Ian on August 31, 2011. The birth of her second child did not deter Smith Puzo from coming back full force and training with the National Team in December, just three short months after Ian arrived in this world. The 2001 University of Maryland alum competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will close her Olympic competition resume in London.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2012: U.S. Olympic Team (12th, London, England)
  • 2011: Announced her pregnancy with a second child in February... Gave birth to her second son, Ian, on August 31...Received her 150th international cap with the Women's National Team at a Four Nations Tournament in Rosario, Argentina
  • 2009: Pan American All-Star 
  • 2008: U.S. Olympic Team (8th, Beijing, China)... Olympic Qualifier Tournament (1st, Kazan, Russia)
  • 2007: Pan American Games Team (2nd, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 2006: World Cup Team (6th, Madrid, Spain)
  • 2004: Pan American Cup Team (2nd, Bridgetown, Barbados)... Olympic Qualifier Tournament (6th, Auckland, New Zealand)
  • 2003: Pan American Games Team (2nd, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)... Champions Challenge (5th, Cantania, Italy)
  • 2002: World Cup Team (9th, Perth, Australia)... World Cup Qualifying Series (1st, Cannock, England)... Champions Challenge (5th, Johannesburg, Russia)
  • 2001: Selected to the National Team
  • 2000: Pan American Junior Championships (2nd, Bridgetown, Barbados)
  • 1999: NCAA National Champion 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Mother: Ian and Xavi 
Blog: Field Hockey Life 
High School: Selinsgrove High School '97
Club: PA Power 
Futures: 1995-1997
College: University of Maryland '01
Major: Communications and Psychology
Names of parents/guardians: Neal and Sharon Smith 
Names of sibling(s): Mark Smith, Kara Rothermel, Mike Smith 
Employer: Field Hockey Life, LLC, Owner 
Year you began field hockey: 1991
Best words of advice: Remember to always enjoy the process, not just the big event. 

IN THE NEWS
  • Mother of two, Keli Smith Puzo aims for 2nd straight U.S. Olympic field hockey bid. WashingtonTimes.com, June 6, 2012
  • Two pregnancies won't stop Keli Smith from making Olympic push. SI.com March 28, 2012

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