Wissahickon Field Hockey Star to Return to Olympics in Search of Medal

Katie Bam
Blue Bell native Katie O'Donnell Bam courtesy of the University of Maryland

Blue Bell native Katie O’Donnell Bam, widely considered the best female field hockey player in the country, will soon make her second trip to the Olympics as a key cog for Team USA.

Team USA finished a disappointing 12th out of 12 in the 2012 Olympics in London.

However, the fast-rising Americans, who train at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, are currently ranked fifth in the world by the International Hockey Federation, the sport’s world governing body.

The 27-year-old O’Donnell Bam has been a superstar in field hockey since her days at Wissahickon High School, from which she graduated in 2007.

In college, she led the University of Maryland to a pair of national championships, one in 2008, the other in 2010. The four-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year is the Terrapins’ all-time leader in points, goals, and assists. She twice won the Honda Sports Award as the nation’s top player.

O’Donnell Bam, nicknamed Odie, and her husband Marvin Bam – a former Olympian from Cape Town, South Africa – are assistant coaches at Harvard. When not training or coaching, the couple are professional photographers.

Team USA opens pool play at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a face-off against Argentina, ranked second in the world, on Sunday, August 6.