Saints' Waidacher Ready for First Olympic Games

By KBJR News 1

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 8:55 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The wait is now over.

"It's always nice to play for your own country and to be a part of those 18 plus 3 girls. It's huge. It means a lot to me," said St. Scholastica junior Nina Waidacher.

In a few short weeks, Waidacher will be competing in the Sochi Game. It's a dream that she's had her eye on since she was little but says it wasn't always easy.

"I actually didn't make the world championship team last year so that was another reason to work even harder to show them more."

And Waidacher has done just that this season for the Saints. She currently leads Division III in points and goals per game.

"She just has the ability to find the net, get into the open spaces, and create opportunities for her line mates as well. Ever since she's been here as a freshman, she's been able to do that."

Now as a junior, Waidacher will be the first St. Scholastica athlete to compete in the Olympics. She credits CSS for helping her make Team Switzerland.

"This is a huge program here, and we practice every day. Not just on the ice but also off the ice. Back home it would be harder with work."

Waidacher will fly back home next week to join the rest of her teammates before heading to Sochi.

While her absence will leave a void for the Saints, head coach Jackie MacMillan is excited nonetheless.

"She's done everything right," said MacMillan. "She's one of the hardest workers on our team and is obviously one of our leaders. It's going to be a great opportunity for her."

It's also an opportunity for Waidacher to play among the best under the sport's brightest lights.

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