Ellen Hoog is a Dutch field hockey player. The native of Overeen, Netherlands is one of the most decorated field hockey players in the world. The 29-year old began playing field hockey at age 7 at a local club. She rose through the ranks quickly and debuted for the dominate Dutch national team at age 17. The midfielder has won three European Championships (2005, 2009, and 2011), two World Championships (2006 and 2014), and two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012). She can add a silver from Rio 2016 to that impressive trophy case.

During the 2012 London Olympics, she made history as the first player to decide a major championship match in a penalty shootout, sending New Zealand to the bronze medal match.

Hoog and her Dutch field hockey teammate Eva de Goede were part of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s Issue in 2013 under the heading ‘Field Hockey’s Finest’. I’ll be the first to admit my knowledge of the personalities in international field hockey is quite limited but I trust the research staff of SI’s Swimsuit Issue and based on these photos I have no qualms.

Hoog is no stranger to modeling and in 2012, she published her first book, In Perfect Condition, discussing healthy eating and fitness. While the Dutch team have been the top class of women’s field hockey, that hasn’t done anything to hinder Hoog’s superstitious nature. Her pregame ritual remains the same, prior to a big tournament and before each final, Hoog and some of her teammates watch The Notebook. The ritual started in 2005 and based on there success it won’t be ending anytime soon. She also puts her right shin guard on first, then her left shin guard... every time.

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