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Blood, Sweat, and Cookies — Olympic Women’s Hockey

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Bob Elisberg recommends a great documentary about the women’s Olympic hockey team — and the great thing is that you can watch it online.
Bob wrote in the Huffington Post:

it’s the comradeship of the women, pushing, encouraging each other that gets them all through. That’s the theme of the documentary, it turns out. The bonding that occurs between these women athletes, many of whom won’t make the team, yet who build lifelong friendships, and take away lessons that they say will hold them and push them through the rest of their life.

  • Tim1974

    I would certainly recommend this to everyone and particularly to anyone who has ever participated in an organized activity or sport. You can relate to the struggle of the women who are trying to make the team and trying to make the team successful. The ups and downs, the successes and failures are explored. It has always seemed that the harder it was to accomplish a goal the stronger the bond formed by the participants. It helps build friendships that can last forever. Gender is not significant. It is about athletes and their quest for success and their bonding. A definite must watch !!

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Tim! This is a terrific film and the women on the team are great role models for girls — and boys!

  • Laura Prisco

    Does anyone know how to contact the NBC commentator who is in this documentary. I would like to correct a statement that she makes in the beginning of the video. She said she grew up in Boston “where girls did NOT play hockey ” at that time. Actually she is incorrect, I played in an all Woman’s League in Needham, MA out of the St. Sebatians Rink which use to be called the Tabor Rink. I beleive there were 4 teams at that time. Paula Dumart (Boston Bruin Woody Dumart’s daughter-in-law) was largely responsible for it’s creation. It started in 1975 i beleive. We believe it to be the first ALL Woman’s League in the entire country. People are always telling us we should get together and write a book about it. Back then players were group by ability not age. As an 8 year old in 1976 I played with a 56 year old woman. Laura P

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Laura! Her name is Clare Duffy. You can reach her through the Nightly News website at — good luck!

  • mc

    I saw this when it originally aired. Fabulous!… however, I want to be able to view again and share and have not been able to do so on the website. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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