YES! I know the Women’s World Cup isn’t as big globally as the Men’s World Cup, but it gets me super pumped! For men’s soccer, I’ve always been a Germany fan and supporter, but women’s soccer? USA all the way!
I remember watching the 1999 Women’s World Cup with the dream team: Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy, Briana Scurry, Tiffeny Milbrett, Shannon MacMillan, Joy Fawcett, Christie Rampone, and maybe someone you heard of, Mia Hamm?! It was hosted by the US, so it made it super easy to catch all the matches, with only a few hours time difference (also, I was 13, so I had all summer to do nothing but fun things like this). I remember sitting on the living room floor at my grandparents house, glued to the TV every time the US team played.
And then maybe you remember the penalty kicks? And the now infamous image of when we won:
It’s a pretty powerful image. Brandi Chastain celebrating by ripping her shirt off after scoring the winning PK, and her teammates rushing in to celebrate their World Cup victory. Still gives me goosebumps every time I see it!
My favorite numbers growing up, especially when I was playing sports (and even to this day) were 6 an 13 because of Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly. Mia Hamm has always been a star and an incredible player, but there was something about these two ladies that really pulled me in.
In 2012 I went to Europe on a month-long trip in between jobs, to visit friends, visit the small town I studied abroad in during college and to celebrate my 27th birthday in a big way: the London Olympics. I was checking out some websites of fun things to do throughout the city during the Olympic Games and came across a Q&A panel with the amazing Brandi Chastain and Summer Sanders, both amazing athletes from my childhood, and both California girls. And then I got to meet them both. I DIED. Definitely a highlight of the trip.
Are you guys as wrapped up in the action for this World Cup?