MEDIA ADVISORY: USOC , the U.S. Field Hockey Association to Host Teleconference Thursday, May 1 to discuss the National Team's 2008 Olympic Berth

April 30, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
MEDIA ADVISORY: USOC , the U.S. Field Hockey Association to Host Teleconference Thursday, May 1 to discuss the National Team's 2008 Olympic Berth COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the U.S. Field Hockey Association will host a teleconference Thursday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. MDT (12:00 p.m. EDT) with forward Katie Barber (West Chester, Pa.) and head coach Lee Bodimeade (Virginia Beach, Va.) of the 2008 Women's National Field Hockey Team to discuss the team's 2008 Olympic berth. The United States beat Belgium 3-1 in the final of the Olympic Women's Field Hockey Qualifier April 27 in Kazan, Russia, to book its first trip to the Olympic Games since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Kelly Doton (Greenfield, Mass.) opened the scoring for the U.S. in the 18th minute before Anne-Sophie van Regemortel tied the game eight minutes later. Tiffany Snow's (Escondido, Calif.) sixth goal of the tournament in Kazan, Russia, put the Americans ahead 2-1 at halftime and Barber added a third goal midway through the second half. Defender Rachel Dawson was named Player of the Tournament. China, 2004 champions Germany, Argentina, Spain, South Africa, Netherlands, Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Japan have already qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games. A veteran of the U.S. National Team since she made her debut in 1998, Barber has been a mainstay in the American forward line. In 2006, she was named the USA Field Hockey Female Athlete of the Year, after she scored crucial goals in World Cup play as the team captain. Barber has stood on the podium as a member of three silver medal Pan American Games teams (2007, 2003, 1999). Barber has a total of 46 international goals to her name as well as 192 international caps. In his second year as the U.S. National Team coach, Bodimeade is considered one of the sport's top young coaches. He served as an assistant coach for the Australian Hockey League Champion Queensland Blades men's team in 2003 and 2004 and also served as head coach of the Brisbane Premier League state champions in 2004. He was a highly-sought after specific skills coach for Australia's pre-eminent elite sports training organization, the Australian Institute of Sport. He also served as head coach of the Bulimba Men's 1st Division Team in 2004. A member of Australia's national team from 1991-98, Bodimeade won an Olympic silver medal in Barcelona in 1992. He played on Australia's bronze medal World Cup team in 1994 and earned a pair of medals in Champions Trophy competitions including a silver medal in 1992 and a gold medal in 1993. WHO: Katie Barber and Lee Bodimeade WHAT: USOC , U.S. Field Hockey Association WHEN: Thursday, May 1-10:00 p.m. MDT (12:00 p.m. EDT/ 9:00 a.m. PDT) DIAL-IN: 1-800-311-9410 Pass code: BEIJING08 For more information, please contact USOC Communications at 719-866-4529, or Jeff Gamza at 412-795-2265 or 412-609-9740
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