COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey’s Andrea Braendli will compete at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, Team Switzerland announced Thursday. Braendli, who is a senior for the Buckeyes this season, will make her second trip to the Olympics.
“It’s a huge honor to be named the starting goalie on the Swiss national team and to be able to represent my country on the Olympic stage for the second time,” Braendli said. “It’s every athlete’s dream to participate in the Olympics and even through I had the chance in 2018, it still feels like the first time.”
At the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, Braendli was a backup goaltender making her Olympic debut. This time around though, she feels more comfortable with the task at hand.
“The excitement, the thrill and the happiness are the same,” Braendli said. “The only difference will be that I already know now what to expect and how to behave and compete when we are there.”
This season for Ohio State, the Zurich, Switzerland native has played in 12 games and boasts a .924 save percentage. She has backstopped the team to nine wins, including the Buckeyes’ sweep of Minnesota during which she made 62 saves.
“Andrea is an incredibly talented player and has made her mark in collegiate hockey, being arguably one of the best in the NCAA,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “Her elite status is driven by her experience both internationally and in playing for Ohio State and in the WCHA. When she came back from the 2021 World Championships, she was on fire, so we are excited to see what she accomplishes at the Olympics.”
Braendli, a 2021 finalist for the Hockey Commissioners Association’s Women’s Hockey Goalie of the Year Award, is the winningest goaltender in program history with 56 wins for her career so far. She owns the season win record with 20 victories during the 2018-19 campaign.
Last summer at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championships, Braendli led all goaltenders with 181 saves on 200 shots faced. She played in all seven games of the tournament for the Swiss team and put on an incredible 55-save performance in the team’s opening game against the United States.
A total of four Buckeyes have been named to Olympic rosters ahead of the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Team Switzerland will open competition in Beijing on Feb. 3 against Canada.