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Carina Marguerite Benninga (born August 18, 1962 in LeidenZuid-Holland) is a former Dutch field hockey player, who played 158 international matches for The Netherlands hockey team, in which she scored 25 goals. She was part of the gold medal winning team at the 1984 Summer Olympics and also won a bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Other highlights of her career include gold medals at the EuroHockey Nations Championship and Champions Trophy in 1987, as well as a gold at the 1990 Women's Hockey World Cup.


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She is Jewish. At club level, she played for HDMHGC and Amsterdam in the Dutch Hockey League. At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona she was the first woman from Holland to carry the flag at the opening ceremony.

Benninga became a hockey coach after her active career, and was in charge as assistant-coach for the United States, head coach of Alecto, Amsterdam and HC Klein Zwitserland. Her older brother Marc also played international field hockey.

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