Meet Angela Ruggiero and Adam Pengilly, Athlete Role Models for Innsbruck 2012!

This week we announced the stellar line-up of sports stars who will be your Athlete Role Models (ARMs) for the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck next year.

Like the X-Men of the sporting world, each of the 30 ARMs will bring their unique talent and expertise to the Games, sharing their experience and words of advice with the young athletes as part of the Culture and Education Programme.

nspirational figures on and off the field of play, we will be introducing you to all of the ARMs in the run-up to Innsbruck 2012. First up, let’s meet American ice hockey star Angela Ruggiero and British skeleton Racer Adam Pengilly.

Four-time Olympic medallist Angela, who won gold at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Games, described her appointment as an ARM as an “honour”. She added: “I love the fact that I can give back to a new generation of athletes and use the valuable experience I have had over the course of four Olympics to help these athletes succeed.”

Speaking about the role of the CEP specifically, double Olympian Adam, who also coached the Great Britain women’s bobsleigh team at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Games, said: “While sport should be an important part of life, there is much more to being a rounded person and it is important these guys and girls don’t grow up into one-dimensional people with little regard for what is around them and what happens after their sporting career.”

As well as their successes, both athletes have experienced lows in their respective careers, but agree it’s what you do with these set-backs that really determines who you are. In the words of Angela: “Work hard, stay focused and always have a positive attitude… after all, you are doing what you love!”

Watch this space for more ARM introductions!