Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games officially started on Friday with the opening ceremonies, but Superior native Kim Moncel is already well into her Olympic experience.
"Anytime you get to wear USA on your shirt and stand there while they raise the American flag is pretty exciting," Moncel said. "I'm pumped about it. I never thought when I started this 20 years ago that I'd go to the Olympics."
The current St. Scholastica head athletic trainer arrived in London on July 15, one of six people selected to work in the United States athletic clinic.
"They're taking six people that aren't with the teams - one athletic trainer, one chiropractor, two massage therapists, and two doctors," Moncel said. "We will run a high-performance clinic where the athletes will come and in get services they want. We'll basically be assisting the medical staff assigned to the teams with whatever they need."
This is Moncel's first Olympic experience, but she has previously worked on the national level, both with USA women's baseball and team handball.
Back home, her colleagues at St. Scholastica are very happy for her to have earned this opportunity.
"It's like athletes. You work hard to achieve things, and Kim certainly works hard," head men's hockey coach Mark Wick said. "She's on top of things, she puts in the extra time, and she's willing to do whatever it takes. People like that, they want. The United States wants our athletes to be in top form and in top shape when they get there, and they need the top people to take care of them."
Moncel and the five others in the general clinic will deal mostly with preventive treatment. She did say, though, dealing with these athletes will be a bit different than her work at St. Scholastica.
"It's really nice because the athletes know their body so well that they kind of know what they need," Moncel said. "You're there and you can help them, but they are also used to constant care, so they know what other people have done for them that works. They are very involved in their care."
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