Team GB’s Olympic medallist Crista Cullen hangs up her stick

Crista Cullen.
Crista Cullen.

Olympic bronze medallist Crista Cullen has retired from international hockey.

The Boston-born defender, who helped her side finish third at London 2012 last summer, goes out on a high - finishing the tournament as joint top scorer.

“After much deliberation I have finally decided to hang up my stick,” she said.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who played their part in my international career, no matter how big or small.

“Together as a united squad we were able to be a part of something amazing, of which I am very proud and will remember fondly as I move forward in my new challenges.

“I have no doubts that the new programme will have same the passion, fight and desire as the last and would like to wish everyone the very best of luck.

“I will, of course, be watching with interest from afar.”

For nearly a decade 27-year-old Cullen has been one of the best-known stars of the women’s game, representing her country at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

A feared penalty corner specialist, the Leicester player has been listed in the World All Stars Team three times - in 2006, 2007 and 2010 – and played a pivotal role in England’s rise up the world rankings.

She bows out on the back of winning Olympic bronze at London 2012 where she finished joint top scorer with four goals.

Fittingly, she found the back of the net in the last of her 171 international appearances, against New Zealand in Great Britain’s historic 3-1 victory.

It was her 56th international strike.

A fierce competitor, Cullen helped England to a first-ever World Cup bronze medal in 2010, the Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy bronze medals in the same year, and four European Championship bronze medals in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011,

In 2012, she helped Great Britain to the country’s best ever finish at a world level tournament – silver at the Champions Trophy.