Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry: "This Has Been the Most Difficult Thing"

[Briana Scurry] This has been the most difficult thing I've ever had to deal with. The penalty kick situations and the final games of the Olympics and playing in front of 90,000 people and playing in front of the President and all that—that was fun. That was what I was born to do. And my brain is what I use—my mind— to get myself there. When I was 13, I drew a sign, and it said, "1996, Atlanta—I have a dream." And, from seeing other Olympic athletes get on the podium, win the gold medal—I wanted to do that. Right then, I made a decision—with my mind—to do that. And now I was sitting, wondering how I was going to be able to move forward when my mind was broken.

"The penalty kicks, the final goals in the Olympics, playing in front of the president, in front of 90,000 people ... that is what I was born to do ... and my brain is what I used to get myself there."

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Briana Scurry

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.

Posted on BrainLine January 22, 2014

Produced by Christian Lindstrom, Justin Rhodes, and Victoria Tilney McDonough, BrainLine.

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