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Former tennis star focuses on serving God, helping kids (Andrea Jaeger)
StarTribune ^ | 3/9/07 | Eddi Pells/AP

Posted on 03/09/2007 10:04:54 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo

The waist-length pigtails are gone, replaced by a layer of dusty blonde hair so short it doesn't need a brush. Those '80s tennis skirts are history, too. In their place, a black nun's habit belted with a band of white rope that her dogs like to chew. One constant: Sister Andrea Jaeger isn't quite who everyone might think she is.

Even when she was a teenage tennis star — all backhands and braces — she knew she wouldn't last long in that world, though hers was not a typical tale of burnout or overbearing parents. She succumbed to an injury early. When it took her off the court for good, she felt a sense of relief, because it allowed her to pursue her real passion — helping children.

Through all that, she built a profound relationship with God, one that gave her direction at first, then the strength and motivation to navigate the good and bad times that came later.

A few months ago, at age 41, Jaeger became a Dominican nun — the next, but not final, step on a journey hardly anyone could have envisioned in the '80s while she was perfunctorily dispatching women twice her age on the tennis court en route to No. 2 in the world.

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TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: andreajaeger; nun; tennis
A sports figure that is in the news for something OTHER than being a criminal!
1 posted on 03/09/2007 10:05:01 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Interesting story


2 posted on 03/09/2007 11:52:35 AM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Now

and then.


3 posted on 03/09/2007 12:16:34 PM PST by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

It is difficult to buy the tale that she purposefully lost some matches against the likes of Navritovola, so that she wouldn't be ranked number one.


4 posted on 03/09/2007 6:37:20 PM PST by LordBridey
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To: LordBridey

....lova


5 posted on 03/09/2007 6:38:09 PM PST by LordBridey
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