It may seem out of the ordinary, training for the Olympics Soccer team but, for junior Ally Schlegel and junior Cassie Hiatt, this is nothing but normal.
Starting younger than the age of five, both athletes have put in immense hours in order to achieve their goals of playing in the Olympics. Schlegel, starting at the age of 3 in the Real Soccer Club, played for three years. She continued playing for them until she passed the level she was playing at and the program wouldn't let her play up an age. So, Schlegel switched to Colorado Storm Soccer and continued to play for them until recently switching back to Real.”I made the decision to switch back to Real Colorado in hopes they would help me reach my goal of playing at a higher level eventually.” Hiatt also started off with Colorado Storm Soccer at the age of six. Now Hiatt is playing with Real Colorado with the same interests as Schlegel. Not only excelling in soccer but also in academics, Schlegel and Hiatt have both committed to play soccer for college this past year. Schlegel will be attending Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania in the fall of 2018. Hiatt will be attending Texas Tech University that same year. Both athletes have been attending Junior Olympics camps since the age of thirteen. Schlegel has attended ten Junior Olympic camps since the start of seventh grade and began attending them again after she tore her ACL two weeks into the soccer season her sophomore year. Hiatt and Schlegel both have hopes of playing for the Olympic team when they get older and maybe even playing in the professional league. “I want to play professionally eventually when I'm older but then I think I want to go into sports medicine,” Hiatt said. Hiatt does not want to give up the athletic aspect in her life and hopes to always be involved in it. This month’s Star Wolverines are going to continue their athletic career in hopes of eventually making it to the Olympics.
By: Jazmyn Andre