The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'Not bad for a girl'

Kristen Opalinski knows pain. The 21-year-old junior at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, has handled pucks flying at her face as an ice hockey goalie and has been tripped countless times playing soccer. In 1999, after a soccer injury, she endured three surgeries to reconstruct her knee.

Still, the most painful time for Kristen may have been in high school when she participated in traditional postgame handshakes with the opposing boys' hockey team. "I was called every bad name you can think of," said the member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe, Pa., where her father is pastor. "My religion is my foundation, but in those cases it was hard to be forgiving.

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