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Michigan native, current Wolverine named after the US Olympic hockey team
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Michigan native, current Wolverine named after the US Olympic hockey team

University of Michigan junior Abby Tamer will have the opportunity to represent the United States hockey team on the biggest stage in the world.

The former Dexter High graduate was named to the U.S. Olympic team on Tuesday and will compete in the 2024 Summer Games in Paris. She is the only Michigan native on the 16-team roster, which was reduced from 28.

Tamer took an Olympic redshirt to train with Team USA during the 2023 collegiate season and helped it qualify for Paris after missing the 2020 Games. The striker/midfielder scored the winning goal in the 55th minute of a 2-1 comeback win over Japan in the semi-finals of the Olympic qualifier held in India from January 13 to 19.

USA went on to win silver and clinch a spot at the Summer Games by finishing in the top three of qualifying. Tamer also scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against India in the first pool match.

During her first two seasons at Michigan, Tamer played in 39 games and started 28, recording 13 goals and nine assists. She scored nine goals in 2022 and was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-West Region second team.

At Dexter, she was twice named Michigan NFHCA Player of the Year and was a four-time first-team all-state selection. She helped the Dreadnaughts to state titles in 2019 and 2020.

Her mother and sister also played hockey for the Wolverines, while her father, Chris Tamer, played for the Michigan hockey team in the early 1990s and went on to an 11-year NHL career.

The hockey competition at the Paris Games will take place from July 27 to August. 9. Women’s hockey has been an Olympic sport since 1980 and the US is looking for its second medal. It won bronze in 1984.