ORONO, Maine — University of Maine freshman forward Darcia Leimgruber of Basel, Switzerland, was recently named to the Team Switzerland Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey team that will represent Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia
“We are very proud of Darcia’s accomplishment and we know she will not only represent her country well, but also the University and our program,” Maine head coach Dan Lichterman said.
Team Switzerland will leave for Winnipeg on Monday. While in Winnipeg, they will prepare for the Olympics before they leave for Olympic Village in Vancouver for the opening ceremonies on Feb. 12.
Team Switzerland will open the Women’s Ice Hockey tournament when it plays the first preliminary game of the tournament against Sweden on Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. in the UBC Thunderbird Arena.
“This is a very important game for us,” says Leimgruber. “We beat Sweden the last time in China at the World Championships.”
Leimgruber is proud to be representing her home country in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Games.
“Our team is ready for all challenges and we have prepared very well in the last couple months,” said Leimgruber. “For me personally, the Olympics were always a dream. I always thought about how it would be to really be there someday, and now that I know that I am going to be there is just an incredible feeling which I cannot describe.”
Leimgruber is the third Black Bear to have ties to the Women’s Ice Hockey Olympic games. Black Bear alumnus Raffi Wolf represented the Black Bears when she played on Team Germany at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City as well as the 2006 Torino games. Fellow University of Maine graduate, and former club hockey student-athlete, Stacey Livingston, officiated the gold-medal game at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
Leimgruber has appeared in six games for the Black Bears, scoring her first collegiate goal at Union College in December.