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?
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?
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