Hayley Scamurra '13 Realizes Her Olympic Dream in Beijing

By Joe Ray - Marketing and Communications Coordinator

对于13岁的海莉·斯卡马拉(Hayley Scamurra)来说,她对学术和体育的关注始终是一种平衡. 当斯卡马拉代表美国登上冰球最大舞台的机会出现时, 然而, it was a calling she could not ignore.
 
 
今天, 她和她的美国队队友距离2022年北京冬奥会的金牌还有三场之遥, 中国. 
 
在博彩365体育,斯库拉在九年级时为尼科尔斯女子预科队效力. In the three years that followed, 她既要参加加拿大青少年曲棍球比赛,又要为赢得州冠军的维京大学女子足球队效力,还要完成繁重的课业. Scamurra went on from Nichols to Northeastern University, 在那里,她曾三次入选联盟学术代表队,在123场大学曲棍球比赛中砍下111分.  
 
然后, 同时在布法罗大学攻读研究生课程,追求语言病理学家的职业生涯, she got a call – in the middle of finals week, of all times – to attend a USA Hockey camp.  
 
“老实说,这是一种难以形容的感觉,因为当时我并没有预料到. 在读研究生的时候,我想先玩会儿职业冰球,然后在冰球以外的领域发展自己的事业,斯库拉说. “I figured I’d give it a shot and had nothing to lose, and that’s what started my journey with USA Hockey. I kept making teams and figured once I made the World Championship team, 我决定离开研究生院,因为我想什么时候回去都可以, 但曲棍球, you can’t 玩 forever.  
 
“I wanted to put everything into it so I didn’t have any regrets, and I’m glad that’s the decision I made.” 
 
那个电话让斯卡马拉走上了她今天的道路——从高中到大学,她的冰球生涯达到了顶峰, 专业, 国家, 现在是奥运代表队.
 
在尼科尔斯大学期间,斯库拉的课程表比大多数学生都要严格. Playing junior hockey in Canada and commuting back to Buffalo challenged her, 通过这一切, she found fulfillment in the classroom and on the ice.  
 
English was Scamurra’s favorite subject at Nichols, 她回忆起1982年高中英语老师罗迪·波特如何培养学生主导的讨论,并使阅读变得有趣. 作为大四学生, 斯卡马拉跟随高中物理和机器人老师拉里·希勒学习工程学,她还记得和同学一起做弹射器做实验. 
 
“尼科尔斯教育, 这是严格的, I had a lot of work to do, and then driving three hours five days a week [for hockey] was crazy,斯库拉说. “We had so many teachers with different backgrounds and perspectives, 你可以在那里上很多独特的课程,我觉得你在其他学校学不到. I loved learning different things and challenging my brain in that sense, and I feel like I definitely got that at Nichols.” 
 
斯卡马拉并没有接到美国队的邀请,作为一名高中生参加18岁以下的训练营, nor did she throughout her standout career at Northeastern. Professional hockey gave Scamurra an avenue to continue 玩ing the game she loved, 在她的家乡布法罗美女队赢得前全国女子冰球联盟年度最佳新秀之后, she received her first invite to a USA Hockey camp.  
 
斯卡马拉在2019年埃斯波国际冰球联合会世界锦标赛上首次亮相国家队, 芬兰, helping the Americans win a gold medal. 从那时起,她对美国冰球项目的持续投入得到了回报. She earned a roster spot with Team USA’s IIHF World Championship rosters in 2020, when the tournament was canceled at the start of the COVID pandemic, 2021年, where the Americans won silver.  
 
值得赞扬的是, 斯卡马拉说,在她的曲棍球生涯中,不断增长的成长帮助她做好了迎接每一个新机会的准备. 
 
“我习惯了大学水平,然后加入了职业球队,这是更高的一步, then I made 国家 teams and that was another step higher,”她说。. “I think taking those gradual steps was helpful. 这帮助我更好地适应了我所在的球队,所以这并不是一个剧烈的转变.” 

At seven years old, Scamurra dreamed of
作为一个 Olympic hockey 玩er. 那一年,美国.S. 女子冰球队在2002年盐湖城冬季奥运会上获得银牌,这是第二次在奥运会上举行女子冰球比赛.  
 
现在, after three years in the 国家 spotlight, Scamurra was prepared to step up once again to the highest stage of her sport. She entered the Olympic residency camp in October 2021 and carved out a spot on the United States roster for these 2022 Winter Olympics. 

当谈到让斯卡马拉停下来并意识到她作为奥运选手赢得的惊人机会的时刻时, the Opening Ceremonies were at the top of her list. 见到五届奥运会和美国队滑雪明星肖恩·怀特对斯库拉来说也是一个激动人心的时刻. 这让她看到了每一位运动员在奥运会正式开幕时所感受到的同志情谊和共同的喜悦.  
 
“为了让每个国家和所有运动员都来这里,我们等待了很长时间, so you’re moving to a lot of different places, 等待, 走,”她说。, describing the anticipation of the Opening Ceremony. “As you’re doing that though, 你和所有其他美国队的运动员在一起,在这个共同的团队经历中建立联系. It’s just so cool to meet all these different athletes, what they’ve been doing, how hard they’ve been working to get to this point.” 
 
The biggest reality check has been on the ice though for Scamurra. As with every step in her hockey career the Olympics, she was presented with new challenges on the ice, 她以坚定的决心面对世界上最大的女子冰球舞台,并取得了成功.  
 
Scamurra has two assists in four games for the United States, as the team earned a 3-1 record in preliminary 玩. 
 
“I definitely had some nerves,斯库拉说 looking back on her first appearance during these Olympics. “直到轮班前坐在替补席上,我才意识到自己有多紧张.  
 
“你只是意识到你在什么阶段,你为这一刻付出了多少努力. 然后你就会开始记住这是你已经玩了很多年的同一款游戏,记住这一点,并试着从中获得乐趣. 我想我已经适应了,我感觉更舒服了, remembering why I’m here, 为什么我在这个队里, and why I love this game so much.” 
 
Scamurra’s journey as an Olympian is far from over though, as Team USA looks past preliminary 玩 in pursuit of a gold medal. 2月10日星期四晚上11点10分,美国队将在女子冰球四分之一决赛中对阵捷克队.m. 东部时间. 半决赛将于2月13日至14日举行,奖牌争夺战将于2月16日举行.  
 
Congratulations Hayley, and best of luck from the entire Nichols community! 

Story photo credit: USA Hockey
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