Kelsey Kolojejchick is a 24-year-old U.S. Olympic field hockey player. The Larksville, Pennsylvania native played her college field hockey at the University of North Carolina, and she had a prolific career as a Tar Heel. Kolojejchick was a four-time first team All-American, a National Champion in 2009, and a National Champion runner-up in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Since joining the U.S. national team in 2012,Kolojejchick has helped them win five medals in international competition. The forward’s most notable accomplishment was bringing home gold at the 2015 Pan American Games, punching the USA’s ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympics in the process.
Kolojejchick is making her first Olympic appearance in Rio, and she and her U.S. teammates are off to a great start. They finished second in Pool B after going 4-1 in group play, with wins over Australia, Argentina, Japan, and India. Their lone loss was a 2-1 nail-biter to Great Britain, who would go on to win Pool B.
The USA’s strong performance in group play earned them a spot in the eight-team, single-elimination quarterfinals. Their first game in the quarterfinals will take place against Germany on Monday, August 15 at 11:30 a.m.
To prepare for the big showdown, let’s take a look at 22 of Kelsey Kolojejchick’s hottest photos.