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1998 U.S. Women's Hockey Team Among Nominees for 2009 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

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NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has recently announced the nominees for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Among the group is the 1998 U.S. Women's Ice Hockey team, which upset four-time world champion Canada in the championship to capture the gold medal at the Nagano Games.

Former Crimson skaters A.J. Mleczko '97-99, Angela Ruggiero '02-04 and Sandra Whyte '92 were members of the 1998 U.S. team.

The list of nominees for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class consists of 15 individuals, five teams and five Paralympians. From now until June 16, fans can cast their votes for the class at www.teamusa.org. The inducted class will include five individuals, one team and one Paralympian, as well as three additional individuals: a coach, veteran and special contributer. The inductees will be revealed in early June and will be honored at a black-tie induction ceremony Aug. 12 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame is the only national sports Hall of Fame that includes fan voting.

Nominees for the induction class of 2009 were selected by a 10-person nominating committee consisting of athletes, members of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, historians and USOC representatives.

The nominees for the team award are:
1976 U.S. Women's 4x100 Freestyle Relay Team
1992 U.S. Men's Basketball Team
1996 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Team
1998 U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team
2002 U.S. Women's Bobsled Team