COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State Women’s Soccer star Nichelle Prince took the semester off from class in order to train for the Canadian National Team heading to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Born in Toronto, Canada, Prince is a dual citizen of Canada and The United States of America. She began playing for the Canadian Youth Soccer program in 2010 when she was just fifteen years old.
“Even though I’m a dual citizen, I’ve always wanted to play for Canada and that’s where my heart is what my dream has always been,” said Prince.
And Prince stands a very good chance of achieving her Olympic dream. She has played in four of five Olympic-qualifying matches for the Canadian National Team, including Canada’s 3-1 win over Costa Rica. Even though the Canadian National Team secured a spot at the Olympic games with the win, the official roster will not be determined until July.
“Every single day you have to go out and prove yourself and you have to really work hard to get a spot on the team, and so, it makes it exciting to get up in the morning and go after it,” said Prince.
She grew up in a soccer family. Her two sisters, Christine and Kendra both played soccer, and Prince said they pushed her to compete daily. Her parents, Fabian and Robin stand her biggest support.
“They actually have gone to a lot of my international tournaments, they try to make it down to all of them. So, if I make it to Brazil, they plan on going as well,” said Prince.