Monday, August 25, 2008

Thanks, Tak and Xie Xie


Well, as they say in the cartoons...That's All Folks. This post ends our Olympic WNT Blog. It's been a long, exciting journey to the gold medal. It started in China in January at the Four Nations Tournament and ended in China on Aug. 21 at Beijing Workers Stadium. In between, the U.S. won 26 games, lost one (coming in the Olympics of all places, but that was part of the magical story) and tied one (which they later won in PKs over Canada in the CONCACAF Qualifying Final). The run in the Olympics featured dramatic turns in every match. From the worst first four minutes in Olympic women's soccer history against Norway in the opener, to the must-win 1-0 victory over Japan on spectacular goal from Carli Lloyd in the second match, to the combination of results on the final match day that won Group G for the USA, to Natasha Kai's overtime game-winner against Canada in the semifinal and the USA's come-from-behind shellacking of Japan in the semifinal. And of course, the tremendous overall team effort to beat a talented Brazilian side in the gold medal match.
What a year, what a tournament, what a team.
We must highlight the absolutely fantastic job by Pia Sundhage and her coaching staff as well as the U.S. support staff that works behind the scenes to make sure the team has everything it needs to win. So, to all those who helped get the team to the top of the mountain, thank you. To all the fans that cheered the team on during the wee hours of the morning, thank you. And to all the fans who will be coming to watch the Olympic champions on their 10-game post-Olympic Tour -- SEE YOU THERE!

16 comments:

Changy 12 said...

sucks that none of the games will be played in LA, even though u guys practice at the HDC :) but if u guys ever play at the HDC again i am there, especially since it's only 30 minutes away :)

anyways, congrats on the gold once again and i can't wait to see some, if not all, of u girls play in the wps. hopefully some of u play for los angeles :)

paparazzi_mama said...

I've been wanting to see those gold medals up close!!! Awesome.

Smitty said...

Thanks, Blogger. Sniffle, sniffle... I'll miss you.

Smitty said...

Thanks, Blogger. Sniffle, sniffle... I'll miss you.

yanet said...

Thank you guys for the GOLD!!!!!!!!
you guys brought us so much joy that we have no words to thank you guys for all your hard work
But once again THANK YOU, US WNT!!!!!

drenaud said...

Thanks again for a great Olympic blog. It's so nice to hear about things from an inside perspective.

Peace out.

Gregory Smith said...

Hey Everyone, look at this; on the back, down low, what's that word? Women!

The chinese put Women on the back of the gold medal but US Soccer couldn't put Women on the front of the Champion t-shirt.

Congrats and enjoy the post olympic tour.

m said...

More than 18 thank you's to all of you and as a team for bringing home the gold...again.
See you in New Jersey!
Mark & Irene

MARDELLE said...

I will miss you Bloggerman this has been such a wonderful place to go and keep up with the team where ever they are. :( YOU ROCK..!!

I will look forward to your return when the tour starts in September.

Activeride said...

I have never posted on here but thank you to the US WNT blogger for writing these posts and posting fabulous pictures and videos. There are so many fans that read this blog that never post a comment (like myself) but we appreciate the time and energy it takes to post the blogs and it's amazing pictures. Thanks for keeping us fans updated. Well done and thanks again. Keep it coming.

Kelli said...

Thanks for your blog. I have really enjoyed reading it and am really going to miss all of you!

Shannon said...

Ditto to all the posts. Great job blogger! Will definitely miss seeing new pictures and reading your posts!

Kylie said...

So I know we've heard somewhat recent updates with the status of Cat and Leslie's rehab and it's good to hear things are going well with them...but a couple of us were wondering how Abby's been doing with her rehab and everything.
Is is possible to get any sort of update on her progress or status?

And thanks for all the Blog updates during the Olympics-I'm going through withdrawls right now! =]

kneylon said...

any news on if the wnt will be on oprah? just wondering.

Shannon said...

The Oprah episode with our soccer girls will tape on Wednesday and will air on the 8th (Monday).

Kylie said...

Kneylon, according to Heather Mitts' blog, they will be:


The team heads to Chicago on Wednesday for Oprah next which airs Sept 8th. Then the Victory Tour begins here in the states for 10 games across the country.

http://www.heathermitts.com/blog.htm