Kate’s goal: Duchess promotes Olympic field hockey
She shoots, she scores!
The former Kate Middleton smashed home a goal Thursday as she
played a bit of field hockey while visiting the British Olympic
women’s team at Olympic Park. The Duchess of Cambridge, who
captained the hockey team at her high school, Marlborough College,
took the field in a morale-boosting mission ahead of the July
27-Aug. 12 London games.
Admitting it’s been a while since she had taken a stick in hand,
she tried to suggest that no one should watch. That notion was
”I was really looking forward to coming here, but now I am here
and have discovered I have to play, I am not feeling so
confident,” she said.
The glamorous Kate arrived at Olympic Park in heels but quickly
donned a gray ”Team GB” (Great Britain) sweatshirt over
coral-colored jeans. She expressed some concern that her skinny
jeans would clash with the bright blue pitch, but gamely grabbed a
stick and took a few shots.
”This is going to be so embarrassing,” she said. ”My brain
thinks I can do all these wonderful things but my body just doesn’t
Clearly she was sandbagging the crowd of journalists. Although
no one was at the net to block a goal, Kate took a big swing and
let the ball fly.
Zing. It was in.
The Olympic team captain, Kate Walsh, pronounced herself
”She told me that she missed playing as part of a team,” Walsh
said. ”She also told me that she used to hit the penalty corners
and you could see that. She got low and her shots were really
Kate, 30, had specifically asked to meet with the hockey team as
part of her role as an Olympic ambassador. Together with Princes
William and Harry, she will make an effort to see and be seen at
the London Olympics and to cheer the home side on.
But before Thursday, few really knew what sports she might like
The team seemed to appreciate that she was willing to risk
embarrassing herself to help promote their sport. She chatted with
U.K. coaches, trainers and players, asking about training.
”Do you still get bananas and oranges at halftime?” she
The visit seemed to evoke a time when she was just Kate, not a
duchess, not the wife of a prince, not someone whose wedding was
watched by millions around the world.
The duchess recalled wistfully how she used to play her hockey
”I really enjoyed it,” she said. ”And it is great to be