Meet Olympian Katie O’ Donnell
Meet Olympian Katie O’ Donnell

Field Hockey
& Dirty Dancing

Katie O’Donnell is thrilled to be representing her country in Field Hockey in the 2012 London Olympics. Get to know this amazing athlete and find out what she’s into off the field.

With a laundry list of athletic achievements including 2009 Player of the Year and 2010 Sportswoman of the Year, University of Maryland junior Katie O’ Donnell is a widely known name in the world of field hockey.

And now, as the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic team, the young athlete is watching all her dreams come true. Find out how Katie is preparing for the games and what she’s up to when she’s not practicing.


SheKnows: What does participating in this year's Olympics mean to you?

Katie: It means that I have reached the top and the peak of my sport -- and it means that I can compete with some of the best athletes in the world. I have achieved my dream and to me that means more than anything I can express.

SheKnows: How often do you practice a week?

Katie: We practice with a stick and ball five times per week, and we are running six days out of the week, and lifting two times per week.

SheKnows: How many calories do you consume a day when you’re training?

Katie: 2,400.

Meet Olympian Katie O’ Donnell

SheKnows: What diet rules do you follow?

Katie: If you really want that cookie (which I usually do) just means you shouldn't add the ketchup to your eggs the next morning, or do a little extra when working out.

SheKnows: What's your favorite guilty pleasure food?

Katie: Chocolate.

SheKnows: What's your favorite clothing brand?

Katie: Lulu Lemon, J.Crew, Banana Republic

SheKnows: What's your favorite movie?

Katie: Dirty Dancing.

SheKnows: Who is your role model?

Katie: Mia Hamm. She has worked so hard and has done so much for her sport, and I look up to her.

SheKnows: If you weren't an athlete, what would you be doing?

Katie: I would love to be a TV anchor if I couldn't be an athlete!

SheKnows: If you win, how will you celebrate?

Katie: I will probably have a perma-smile on my face for the next four years. I know I would want all my friends and family there and my teammates.

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Photo credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Olympics


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Comments on "Meet Olympian Katie O’ Donnell: "I have achieved my dream""

Mark Daniels July 30, 2012 | 12:24 PM

Katie has worked hard since 8th grade and I'm not surprised she has reached her goals she has set for herself. Congrats Katie! -former WMS 8th-grade Algebra Teacher

Joe July 30, 2012 | 7:37 AM

Your facts are wrong. She is not the youngest on the team and she went to Maryland. Not University of Penn

Terry Rapine July 29, 2012 | 2:18 PM

You go Girl! What a dream come true. Congratulations on all your accomplishments.

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