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By Ramona Shelburne
They’ve known for a while now this was coming. Or at least sensed it. This wasn’t a forever relationship. They’d have to say goodbye.
U.S. women’s soccer coach Pia Sundhage would go home to Sweden one day. She would move on and the U.S. national team would have to, too. This run they’ve been on together, this run that has resurrected the sport in this country and turned the players on this team into superstars and role models, it would end when the Swedish-born coach decided it was time to go home.
But when the day came Wednesday, star forward Abby Wambach was at a loss.
“We’ve been talking about it all day,” Wambach said. “What can we do to show her?”
Show her what she had meant to them? To the sport? To the millions of fans across the country who joined in the magical Olympic gold-medal runs in 2008 and 2012 and a runner-up finish at the 2011 Women’s World Cup?
“We thought about it,” Wambach said. “And we knew the best thing we could do was get her a win.”
And oh-so-fittingly, the United States dominated a young Australian squad, scoring five unanswered goals to finish with an emphatic 6-2 victory in Sundhage’s last game with the team.
It’s the moment that the USA Women’s Soccer Team and Olympic fans have been waiting for: a championship rematch with Japan! If you plan on catching up on the game later, then be warned: we’re taking a look at the results of the heated faceoff between the two rival teams in their match for gold in this PopSugar Rush.
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One athlete we’re excited to see during the 2012 Summer Olympics is gold medalist Christie Rampone, captain of the US women’s soccer team. We caught up with the 37-year-old mom of two to ask her about training for the Olympics, her favorite workouts (CrossFit and kettlebells!) and how she learns from her mistakes.
How have you been preparing for the London 2012 Olympics?
The US women’s soccer team has been training since October 2011 for the London 2012 Olympics. We have traveled domestically and internationally quite a bit for matches. Typically we train twice a day, doing soccer and strength. Twice a week, we also do speed and agility.
Leadership is a huge part of your life – as a mom, a coach, and a captain. You have two daughters: 7-year-old Rylie and 2-year-old Reece. How do you avoid stress and keep a healthy balance between serious work and fun?
I attempt to address any issues immediately so they do not become overwhelming. I prioritize the more difficult tasks, staying on top of the important things that can affect the team or my children. Keeping a balance has always been easy for me, as I try not to give all my attention to one or the other. By having both, it allows me to appreciate and enjoy the other aspects of my life.
How do you balance your fight with Lyme disease (Rampone revealed that she has Lyme disease last year) with training for the Olympics and still manage to reserve energy for your kids?
I try to be realistic, listen to my body, and know when to slow down. By not overdoing it, I feel good enough most of the time, and it allows me to enjoy the kids.
There must be some long days packed into your schedule; how do you stay motivated day after day?
I never want to let my teammates or coaches down, so I always fight through the days when I am exhausted or experiencing discomfort with injuries and headaches. The competition motivates me, and playing against and with the best women’s soccer players in the world.
The US women are considered favorites at this year’s Olympic games. In 2004 and 2008, they won gold, beating Brazil in exciting matches both times. In fact, the gold medal match in London is expected to be between these two rivals once again. At last year’s World Cup, the US vs. Brazil game in the quarterfinals was beyond thrilling. Here are the US women to watch on the field – we can’t wait to see what the entire team does this Summer.