8.10.2015; You could say Ellen Hoog is the model sportswoman — the Dutch hockey star is on course to make Olympic history, and she has the perfect answer to those who focus on her looks rather than her stick work! 

Twice a month, the CNN Series – Human to Hero gets to the heart of what it takes to be a sporting star, exploring the discipline, dedication and determination involved, as well as the sources of inspiration for the world’s best athletes. 

This week Dutch Hockey Star Ellen Hoog is under the spotlight, as she says herself, people expect the Dutch team to win gold medals, but what people don’t see is the huge amount of training that goes on behind the scenes to get there.

She adds ‘What I really like about hockey is that it is team sport. I’m a real team player and I love playing with a team.

CNN spent some time with Ellen this summer at training and at the Unibet EuroHockey Championships in London, click below to hear her explain what drives her forward:

http://edition.cnn.com/videos/sports/2015/10/07/spc-human-to-hero-ellen-hoog.cnn

Ellen, along with many other Human to Heroes like; Tom Daly, Diving; Park So-Youn, Figure Skating; Fiona Oakes, Extreme Marathons; Dan Carter, Rugby is featured in a bi-monthly CNN series. Click here to see what it takes for these guys to achieve this Global hero status. Well done Ellen, we are proud to have you part of the European Hockey Family.

 

Photograph: Ellen Hoog celebrates with her team mates (Frank Uijlenbroek (c))