Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry on "Being Me Again"
"The Briana Scurry who could tune out 90,000 people during the World Cup and focus on a single ball and know I could keep it out of the goal ... that is who I want to be again."
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To be me again—that is my aspiration. I—at some of the darker areas that I experienced, I thought back about the 1999 World Cup Final, 90,000 people—that stage— and I thought about myself in that goal. And I thought about how I handled that situation. And one of the saddest things for me was— for me, the depression got so bad, I couldn't imagine how I even did that. Because at that point, I was so distracted, and couldn't concentrate and couldn't focus and I couldn't even imagine being in a goal, playing, with all these things happening at the same time— and people zig-zagging—how could I concentrate on the ball? And how did I do that? And I—I'm sitting there and I'm like, if I went out there right now and tried to do that—I don't know if I could do it. But it—but it was sad, because I was like, I know that was me—I did that. So if I did it once, I could do it again. But I thought—that level of focus that I had, the ability to shut out the entire crowd, to focus on that one girl, and to focus on that ball— and I knew—I knew no matter where she kicked it, I was going to get it. And I'm like—how did I know that? That was just how my brain worked, right—that was just how my mind worked. But it wasn't doing that anymore, and I'm like—how can I get back to that? And that's—that's where I want to get back to. The Briana Scurry that could tune out 90,000 people, focus on the single ball and know where it was going. That's what I'm trying to become again, and I'm going to keep going until I get there.
Posted on BrainLine January 22, 2014.
Briana Scurry is widely thought of as one of the world’s best female soccer goalkeepers. After being named starting goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team in 1994, she helped lead the team in two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2004), a World Cup championship (1999), and she had 173 international appearances — a record among female soccer players.
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