“There is no give up in my dad…in his mind, he’s still that Olympic athlete,” says Laura Gambucci of her 87 year old father.
Her dad is Andre Gambucci, a hockey player who took up the game when he was four years old. He played college hockey for Colorado College where he also played football, finishing fourth in scoring nationally in 1952 with 16 touchdowns.
That was the year he was named to the U.S. Olympic hockey team which won the silver medal. Andre says the team faced controversy when they were criticized for their rough style of play. Body checking was legal but it was not commonly used by the European teams and opponents and spectators did not like that style of play.
Still, traveling to Oslo, Norway and winning a silver medal was quite the accomplishment. Following the Olympics, Andre stayed with the game, becoming a referee for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Laura says some of her fondest childhood memories are of traveling with her dad to hockey games.
Andre was also honored in 2010 when he was asked to be part of the Torch Run for the Salt Lake City Olympics.
Today, Andre lives at the Merrill Gardens community in Goodyear, Arizona and daughter Laura lives nearby. He loves sharing his Olympic experience with team members and other residents and we are thrilled to be able to tell his story.
You can watch the interview with Andre and Laura here.
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