They have a dream

Female refs participate in pre-Olympic camp

20.08.2013
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“I have a dream...” – These ten women hope to get the call for the 2014 Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament in Sochi.

LAKE PLACID, USA – In a place or miracles, ten women came with a dream. They want to get the assignment to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. In Lake Placid the hopefuls learn and get evaluated in preparation of the Olympics.

The top-ten candidates for the most sought-after female referee assignments in the world of international hockey, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, are now at the USA Training Center (OTC) in Lake Placid for the 2013  IIHF Women’s Pre-Olympic Officiating Camp.

The camp is organized by the IIHF in co-operation with the OTC and runs from August 17th to 25th.

During these days, the aspiring Olympic on-ice officials, under the guidance of IIHF Referee Instructors Matt Leaf, Stacey Livingston, Manuela Groger-Schneider, Dave Smith, NHL Director of Medical and Fitness, and IIHF Officiating Committee member Todd Anderson, will be going through the camp program that includes classroom sessions devoted to the physical elements of the game in women’s hockey, referee’s positioning, mental preparations, dealing with social media and communication, and physical maintenance during the event.

The camp program also includes officiating different kinds of games including a USA-Canada U18 national team exhibition game and post-game evaluation by IIHF Referee Instructors.

Participating IIHF Referees

Dina Allen (USA)
Gabrielle Ariano-Lortie (CAN)
Erin Blair (USA)
Melanie Bordeleau (CAN)
Anna Eskola (SUI)
Nicole Hertrich (GER)
Aina Hove (NOR)
Kristina Langley (USA)
Marie Picavet (FRA)
Joy Tottman (GBR)

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