I Get To Play

I GET TO PLAY TODAY!!!!!! I sat at my computer for a few minutes trying to find the right way to say this, but it really is this simple. For the first time since October of last year, I get to do what I absolutely love– I get to play.  I get to pull that jersey over my head, USA across the left side of my chest, RAPINOE across my shoulders, and play for my country– in the OLYMPICS! Of course, with everything thing that I have overcome this year it is very special, but no matter what you go through, injuries or not, struggles or not, being an Olympian is an incredible and special experience.I know there will be some rust that needs to be dusted off and some kinks to work out, but I am just ready to … Read More

Booooom Baaaby

Let me tell you— it settles the collective nerves when we score early! It was a great start not only for the game, but for the tournament as well. Because we play every third day, this tournament in particular is all about managing the nerves, as well as the highs and lows. We were thrilled with the result last night, but after waking up this morning it’s about moving on and preparing for the match against the French, Saturday. I always relish the opportunity to suit up against the French. I still have friends on that team that I have been chatting with this week, giving them the “bonne chance, mais juste un peu” which means good luck, but just a little! And of course, they are a fantastic team that will bring out the best in ours. These are … Read More

I’m a kid again

A couple of weeks back, during our training camp in Denver, we tried on all the shirts, shorts, jackets, medal stand attire, opening ceremony and closing ceremony attire. We tried on every size shoe, tights, tanks, jerseys, socks, sunglasses, and made sure the backpack was what we needed. I knew what was going to be in those bags, almost like an itemized list in my head, question was if I was going to get one, or not? Fast forward to now: we are in D.C. in the very final stages of domestic preparation for Rio, and there it is, my name written in thick black sharpie on the side of the gigantic box shipped to our hotel. MEGAN RAPINOE, SOCCER. It was late last night when I finally got to my room, but I actually could not resist! You know the saying, “act … Read More

We are going to RIO

I’m going to RIO.  I’m going to fricken RIO!!! I really am at a loss for words and emotions even. To be very honest, back in December when I felt my knee give way, a huge part of me– the very experienced, logical part me– felt my second Olympic dream slip away.  In an instant everything had changed. In that moment I didn’t see the silver lining, hell no I didn’t, I just sat on the sidelines as teammates gave their condolences, trainers telling me there was enough time, Jill telling me there was enough time, me thinking “thanks everyone but it’s December and I can do simple math.” This feels so special to me, deep down in my heart.  I don’t need to talk about hard work and all that, everyone works hard.  Every player that made the team … Read More

The Hardest Part

This is the hardest part.  It’s one thing to finally wake up from surgery, open your eyes to see what used to be a pretty good looking leg, now triple the size, wrapped endlessly in ace bandage, secured by a brace that looks more suited for a construction project than a gumby knee like mine.  It is painfully obvious the road ahead is not a short city street, but a long endless Texas highway.  But if I can be honest, there is a considerable amount of comfort in those long highways.  In knowing the work ahead, having a schedule, and understanding that marginal gains over the course or 6-9 months will be the most important thing. It’s another to get to the day where the question is asked, “Am I ready?”  A fork in the road is not particularly comforting. … Read More

One day at a time

One day at a time. Everyday. Everytime. No matter what. That’s how I came back from the first two, and that’s how I am coming back from this one. I get asked basically every day about my knee, how my knee is feeling, how my rehab is going, when I will be able to play again, about the Olympics, if I will be able to play in the Olympics, when can I play with the Reign again, will I be back to play this season? Quite frankly it can be exhausting.  Not to fault anyone who has ever asked me one of those questions, on the contrary I appreciate them greatly, knowing they always come from a place of love, care, concern, and from a desire to see me back on the field doing what I love.  But pile them … Read More

Slow Baby Bouncies

Back in Seattle! After a great ( and by great I mean I am still trying to catch my breath, that Colorado air is no joke!) week of training in Colorado with the WNT. Now, I am back in Seattle training with the Reign, FC. I feel so lucky to have this great environment to come back to in my home city. There is so much work to be done in preparation for Rio but I’m taking it one day at a time! Today starts with a dynamic warm-up, passing patterns, trying not to trip over my own feet, and a bit of finishing on goal to round out the day. Oh, ha, and of course, run run run run!!! Stay tuned for more #RIOMODE… XO, Pinoe


I’m nervous, I can’t lie about that. I can’t sit here and tell you that it doesn’t cross my mind, that I don’t worry about it, that I don’t think about it. When I plant and cut, take a touch to strike a ball, run up the stairs, or sit cross legged. But it’s part of it isn’t it? It’s part of coming back from a major injury, an injury that has kept me out of the game for months. It’s getting that confidence back, and feeling free again. It’s all part of training your body to remember these movements so often and so naturally, so your mind doesn’t have to. Don’t worry, I’m enjoying it as well! I am back in National Team camp for the first time in months, and it feels like I haven’t missed a beat. … Read More