Kate Middleton "good for our sport" says women's hockey captain
Kate Middleton witnessed a special win for Team GB on Friday as Britain defeated New Zealand 3-1 for a bronze medal in women's field hockey.
The Duchess of Cambridge, dressed in a white, sleeveless Team GB top and white denim skirt, was her usual gregarious self, cheering and laughing as the team won the first Olympic medal in women's field hockey since they also won bronze at Barcelona 1992.
As a field hockey player in her school years, Middleton has been supportive of the sport at the Olympic Games. She attended a men's preliminary round match and was also watching on Wednesday as the women's team was denied a gold medal opportunity by Argentina.
Middleton played a bit of field hockey with the teams at a pre-Olympic event in March.
"Actually she was really good. She told me that she missed playing as part of a team," women's captain Kate Walsh said at the time. "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 sweet."
The team met with the Duchess after their win.
"She gave me a little hug and just said I was really brave." said Walsh, who was playing with a broken jaw. "She loves watching. It's brilliant to have her in the crowd. It's good for our sport, it's a good promotion. She's a good ambassador for hockey -- she gets hockey out there for a different set of people. Hopefully we can get more and more people picking up sticks. If she's coming to watch then it must be good."