Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Superior native and St. Scholastica head athletic trainer Kim Moncel is headed to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, where she will work for Team USA in the athletic clinic.
"I was pretty excited. I never really thought I would go to the Olympics," Moncel said. "We'll do anything from simple first aid stuff, manual therapy, strength training, or physical therapy. They do a lot of massage and soft tissue work to get them prepped for the games, and then we will also evaluate anyone with injuries during the games."
Moncel is held in high regard around the St. Scholastica campus, and she says that experience will prove invaluable come this summer.
"Our guys play hard," Saints men's hockey coach Mark Wick said, "our guys get banged up, and she gets out guys back on the ice."
"I get to work so many different sports with so many different athletes, and that's kind of what it's like when you get to the Athlete Village," Moncel said. "There are just so many different people."
Just as for athletes, the Olympics are the pinnacle for an athletic trainer, and Wick said he's happy to see Moncel get the chance.
"She stays on top of things, she puts in the extra time, and she puts in the extra time," Wick said. "It's nice to see her rewarded for that."
For Moncel, the real reward may well come after the games are over.
"The nicest part is you end up walking away with a lot of friends, people you stay in contact with," Moncel said. "It's a pretty tight-knit group. You're working together 24/7, so you get to know each other real quick."