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NO. R-188. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING THE 1998 GOLD MEDAL UNITED STATES WOMEN'S OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM.

(J.R.H. 134)

Offered by: Representatives Sweetser of Essex, Howard of Rutland Town and Lindgren of Springfield.

Whereas, women's hockey has become increasingly popular, both in the United States of America and internationally, and

Whereas, in recognition of the sport's growth, women's hockey was designated as an official Olympic sport for the first time at the 18th Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and

Whereas, the American women instinctively recognized that in order to succeed, they would need to defeat their historic Canadian rivals, and

Whereas, throughout the competition, the Americans never lost a game as they entered the final, and historic, contest against Canada with an Olympic tally of five victories and no defeats, and

Whereas, when the final buzzer sounded, signaling the game's conclusion, the American women players, including Sara DeCosta, Sarah Tueting, Tara Mounsey, Angela Ruggiero, Colleen Coyne, Sue Merz, Vicki Movessian, Chris Bailey, Lisa Brown-Miller, Karen Bye, Laurie Baker, Sandra Whyte, A.J. Mleczko, Jenny Schmidgall, Shelley Looney, Alana Blahoski, Katie King, Cammi Granato, Gretchen Ulion and Tricia Dunn, as well as Team Leader Amie Hilles, Head Coach Ben Smith and Assistant Coach Tom Mutch joyously celebrated a 3-1 victory against Canada and a much deserved Gold Medal, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly congratulates the United States Women's Olympic Hockey Team on their winning the Gold Medal at the 18th Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Head Coach Ben Smith in care of the United States Olympic Committee.