Betsey Armstrong's Goal
"I really enjoyed my time at both places," Armstrong emails from London. "It was challenging to do something so different and new, but I made some really great friends." She also decided to try out for the Olympic team--because, she says, "I didn't want to think 'what if' down the road." With Armstrong in goal, the U.S. women took the silver medal in Beijing in 2008, and earned their spot in London with a hard-won victory in the Pan Am Games last fall. "It was an eight-team tournament, and it was a nail-biter every game," Armstrong says.
Her former coach says Armstrong is as good a person as she is a goalie. "She's kind and has a very positive outlook on the human spirit," says Anderson. "Other players on the team play hard defense for her because they like her as a person."
Her parents say nearly the same thing. "There's been a lot of focus on Betsey's achievements," says her father, "and she's done very well. But she's [also] a very caring person."
"It seems so high-flying to be part of the Olympic team," says her mother, Mary, a homemaker. "But it means getting up early and working so hard all day, and then getting up and doing it again the next day, and the day after that and the day after that. It's humbling to see how much work goes into it."