Johnston County woman headed to the Olympics

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WAPANUCKA, Okla. (KXII) - A Johnston County native is headed to South Korea with the U.S. Women's Hockey team for this year's Winter Olympic games.

Sheri Walters grew up in the small Johnston county town of Wapanucka.

"I loved it," Walter said.

She played basketball at Wapanucka and in Coleman where she graduated in 1997, but it's her talent off the court that's taking her to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

"One of my first memories is sitting in front of the TV watching the games and just thinking one of these days, I want to go and I want to do that," Walters said.

Walters is an athletic trainer and physical therapist for the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey team.

She received her undergraduate degree from East Central University.

Walters' former professor Dr. Jeff Williams said he knew she was destined for greatness.

"I knew that she would do things like this in her life, because the sky was the limit for her and she realized that early on when she got into college," Williams, the ECU Athletic Director, said.

"When I was at East Central I was volunteering with USA Tae Kwon Do," Walters said.

Walters later became the rehabilitation coordinator at Indiana State University, which eventually led to her opportunity to work with Team USA.

"I'm getting to go to the Olympic games because of my educational background," She said.

Former high school teacher Kara Mcbrayer says Walters success sets a good example for kids from the area.

"Kids from small schools can do great things, you can get out and do some wonderful things," McBrayer said.

"Not everyone can be the star athlete, and not everyone can be a great musician or the next Blake Shelton or whatever but there's all sorts of different positions within these genres," Walters said.