Ice Queen: Vermont hockey player to participate in Miss USA contest | 802 Lots | Seven days
When Joanna Nagle was 8, she attended a hockey game at the University of Vermont with her father. The next day, she traded her figure skates for hockey skates. She continued to play hockey at Colchester High School and on the club team at UVM.
During his last year of college, Nagle discovered a very different passion: beauty pageants. She started competing in Miss Vermont competitions and in June, in her fifth contest, she won the title.
At the end of the week, she will travel to Tulsa, Okla., To compete for the Miss USA crown. The event will air on Hulu on November 29.
On Saturday, the statuesque brunette – dressed in a cow-print tiara, belt and jeans – posed for photos and pelted around the rink at Burlington’s Leddy Park arena as her friends and family family wished him good luck before the trip. A basket of chocolates in the shape of wreaths and skates sat on a table in the boiler room.
Hockey and competitions foster a sense of camaraderie among participants, Nagle said, and involve a training regimen that requires healthy eating, along with cardio and strength exercises.
Nagle works as a digital marketing strategist, but she has also coached women’s hockey for the past six years. This season, she’s leading the U12 Burlington Bobcats. Her young players don’t usually see her spellbound, but they think it’s pretty cool that she’s Miss Vermont, Nagle said.
The beauty queen is using her platform to encourage more women to start coaching. In the 10 years that Nagle played organized hockey, she has had only one coach.
“When I graduated from college I thought, I didn’t have any of these models,she said, “and I wanted to be that model. ”
There is no talented part of the Miss USA pageant, although Nagle said if there is, she would feature her slapshot. As for the swimsuit competition, she has mixed feelings.
“I mean, it’s annoying. I’m going to be on national television in a bikini,” Nagle said.
But, she added with a laugh, “I’m 27, so my body will probably never look so good again. Let’s at least have proof that I looked that way.”