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Katelyn Ginolfi

Olympian 2008, 2012, 2016

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Lewes, DE


St. Marks High School ('07) University of North Carolina ('11)

Daughter to Ken and Cindy Falgowski...Married to Jon Ginolfi, former member of the U.S. Men's National Team, May 6, 2017...Siblings are Kerry, Carly and Tim...Nickname is Falgo...Began playing field hockey in 1998...Game Day Mantra: "The world is your kite, go fly it. Dare to be brilliant."...Best Words of Advice: "Play your best and the rest will take care of itself. "
  • 2018: Retired from the U.S. Women's National Team with 261 international caps
  • 2018: Series against The Netherlands (Palo Alto, Calif.), Series against Canada (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • 2017 : The Hawke's Bay Cup (4th, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand), Series against Ireland (Lancaster, Pa.)
  • 2016: Series against Canada (Chula Vista, Calif.), Series against Chile (Lancaster, Pa.), Series against Holland (Hilversum, The Netherlands), Citi Rio Send-Off Series (Lancaster, Pa.)
  • 2015: Series against Argentina (Lancaster, Pa.), 8 Nations Tournament (5th, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand), Series against Ireland (Lancaster, Pa.), Series against Great Britain (Marlow, England), Series against Japan (Lancaster, Pa.)
  • 2013: Four Nations (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • 2011: Nominated for FIH Young Player of the Year Award, Named NFHCA/Longstreth Division I National Player of the Year (UNC), Named Player of the Tournament at the Women's National Championship (Washington, D.C.)
  • 2009: Junior World Cup Team (Boston, Mass.), NCAA Division I National Champion (UNC), Earned All-America and All-ACC honors, Recipient of the UNC Anderson Mark of Excellence Most Valuable Player award, All-NCAA Tournament selection (UNC)
  • 2008: Only collegiate athlete named to the Beijing Olympic Team roster, Second-team All-America honors, All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament (UNC)
  • 2007: NCAA Division I National Champion (UNC), Named 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year, Led the nation in assists, Named Second-team All-America, Named All-ACC and All-NCAA Tournament (UNC)
  • 2005: Junior Pan American Championships (2nd, San Juan, Puerto Rico), Junior World Cup (7th, Santiago, Chile), Earned first international cap vs Canada (8/28), Named to the U.S. Women's National Team
  • 2003: Youngest player to be named to the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team at the age of 14.
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games (5th, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • London 2012 Olympic Games (12th, London, England)
  • Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (8th, Beijing, China)
  • Gold - 2017 World League Semifinals (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Gold - 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, Canada)
  • Gold - 2014 Champions Challenge (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Gold - 2013 World League Round 2 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Gold - 2011 Pan American Team (Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • Gold - 2008 Olympic Qualifier Tournament (Kazan, Russia)
  • Silver - 2012 Champions Challenge I (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Silver - 2010 AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier Team (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • Silver - 2007 Pan American Games (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)
  • Bronze - 2017 Pan American Cup (Lancaster, Pa.)
  • Bronze - 2016 Champions Trophy (London, England)
  • 4th - 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • 4th - 2007 Champions Challenge (Baku, Azerbaijan)
  • 5th - 2015 World League Round Semifinals (Valencia, Spain)
  • 6th - 2006 Hockey World Cup (Madrid, Spain), Youngest USA player to compete at the World Cup (17 years, 11 months)
Pairing successful knee surgery in 2011 with an aggressive rehab schedule, midfielder Falgowski was back on the turf preparing for the London Olympic Games in April. She was the youngest collegiate athlete on the Beijing Olympic Roster in 2008. A debilitating concussion in 2010 and a torn anterior cruciate ligament could not slow down this rising star on the world stage. Falgowski led the Tar Heels to the final of the NCAA tournament and played in the match of her life, shutting down Argentina's top player in the Pan American Games final, all with a busted knee. Not surprisingly, she was named a 2011 World All-Star by the International Hockey Federation and was also a nominee for FIH Young Player of the Year Award; given to the finest field hockey players under the age of 23.
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