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2020 OSHoF Inductee Marina Zenk: A highly-respected officiator of gold-medal games

Posted: February 12, 2020

Marina Zenk reached the pinnacle of her accomplished officiating career by refereeing the inaugural, gold-medal women’s hockey game at the 1998 Olympic Games.

But the never-before explored path up that mountain for her was fraught with doubt, a seemingly unbendable rule and, in the end, shock.

A year before women’s hockey made its Olympic debut, the highly respected and diminutive referee from Gloucester left the 1997 World Women’s Hockey Championship in Kitchener-Waterloo convinced she would never be assigned to the Olympics.

Zenk’s officiating career was winding down and she wasn’t selected to referee one of the two semifinals, the bronze-medal game or the final at her first worlds, which featured an all-women’s officiating team for the first time. The assessments she received for her round-robin games were good, but for the first time in her career she wasn’t assigned a key game.

“I was crushed. My first Worlds and I thought my Olympic chances were …

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