Who are... Katie and Julia Reinprecht
Field hockey is a family affair for Katie and Julia Reinprecht. The sisters each have over 125 international appearances with the U.S. national team and are appearing in their second Olympics. Katie and Julia joined the national team in 2010 and in their first major international competition, helped the U.S. take home gold at the 2011 Pan American Games.
Field hockey beginnings
The Reinprecht sisters began playing field hockey with their oldest sister, Sarah. Their mom, Tina, was a field hockey coach throughout their childhood and still runs the Mystx Field Hockey club. All three sisters played field hockey at Princeton University. Katie, the middle child, was teammates with her older sister Sarah and younger sister Julia, although the three never played together.
2011 Pan American Games, gold
2012 Olympics, 12th
2015 Pan American Games, gold
“My mom, she was my coach and mentor growing up. She taught me all the basic skills and introduced me to new ways of viewing the game. She really laid the groundwork for the player I have become.” –Katie Reinprecht
“Even though my mom was a field hockey coach, she never forced me to choose field hockey. Instead, I realized on my own that it was my favorite sport and I wanted to devote my time solely to field hockey.”- Julia Reinprecht
The Reinprecht sisters made their Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games.
Off the field
The Reinprecht sisters grew up in Perkasie, Pa. and currently live in Lancaster where they train with the U.S. national team. Both sisters enjoy going golfing and doing home improvement projects.
When Julia was 1 year old, she had a cataract removed from her left eye resulting in her losing most of the vision in her left eye. If she was not an athlete she would want to be in dental school. Katie would also like to work in the medical field if she wasn’t playing field hockey. She currently works part-time in the marketing department at Ecore, a sport flooring company in Lancaster. Katie works there along with national teamers Stefanie Fee and Lauren Crandall.