Well, it's a few days later than we'd thought, but we got some answers to your Blog questions for U.S. defender Lori Chalupny. We picked a few of the best questions and here is what Lori had to say to your inquires:
Congrats again on the gold!!
Just wondering..what was going through your mind as the ref blew the whistle at the end of the gold medal game? what was the most special moment for you?
Don from Warminster, PA said...
What a great job you and the team did in the Olympics and against Brazil. You and the girls played as a cohesive unit where Brazil seemed to play more like a group of individual stars. I saw that all of the games were very physical. Was there a team you played that was more chippy or trash talking than the others?
Chalupa: Thanks for the kind words, Don. We really felt like the strength of the team was how we played together. All 18 players contributed to us winning. We had scoring from so many different players and we really believed in each other. As far as the teams' being physical, it is more in the game plan of some teams to battle it out rather than try to break you down with skill, but every team is physical. When you are competing so hard and are playing on the edge you are bound to get a little rough.
Lefty's Lounge said...
My question for you is that after all you have been through since the beginning of 2007 after sitting out for 3 months and then all that happen before the Olympics, how has your resilience helped you play the way you did at the Olympics?
Chalupa: Great question Corey, I think everyone playing at this level has to have some resilience and self belief. I think everyone on the National Team has had to deal the some huge setbacks in their career. Personally, the Olympics was emotionally very up and down. Not only losing the first game but also getting a concussion that held me out of the second was tough. I think the important thing is being able to look at the bigger picture. You have to know where you want to end up. As a team we always knew its not where you start but where you end that's important.
Ms. Ginger Princess,
You truly are an awesome athlete and an inspiration to girls across the lands.
My question, I don't know if you played in the former WUSA but I'm sure you'll play in the new league forming, how does one reconcile feelings about playing against former teammates when the WNT gets fielded out to various pro teams? Or is everyone just that everyone is a professional and sucks it up, that's the way the ball dribbles?
I was amazed watching the team during the Olympics. Being around amazing athletes was probably an extra bonus. Which team USA athlete were you most excited to meet?