Top field hockey players to watch in Rio
Lauren Crandall (USA)
Lauren Crandall is the captain of the U.S. women’s field hockey team. The defender was unable to play in the team’s final three matches before heading to Rio due to a foot injury although she is expected to be at full strength for the start of the Olympic tournament. Crandall is one of three U.S. players appearing in her third Olympics along with Rachel Dawson and Katelyn Falgowski.
Mark Knowles (AUS)
Mark Knowles is the 2014 FIH Player of the Year and captain of Australia’s men’s team. He along with Jamie Dwyer are the only members remaining from Australia’s 2004 Olympic roster that won gold. The three-time Olympic medalist is hoping to lead Australia, which is the top ranked team in the world, back to the top of the podium.
Ellen Hoog (NED)
Ellen Hoog is a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the Dutch women’s field hockey team. The forward has scored four goals at the Olympics and is looking to add to her tally in Rio. Hoog has been with the Dutch national team for over 10 years and in 2014 was named the FIH Player of the Year.
Florian Fuchs (GER)
At the London Olympics, Florian Fuchs scored six goals for Germany as the team won its second straight Olympic gold medal. He was the leading goal scorer for the Germans despite being the youngest player on the team at 20 years old. Now 24, Fuchs has established himself as a top player for the German national team.
Robert van der Horst (NED)
Robert van der Horst was named the 2015 FIH Player of the Year. The two-time Olympian and 2012 silver medalist is the captain of the Dutch national team. Van der Horst is hoping to lead the second-ranked Dutch to its first Olympic gold in men’s field hockey since 2000.