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Sweden Eliminates U.S. From Olympic Soccer Tournament
The U.S. Women's National Team fell to Sweden 4-3 in a penalty shootout after drawing 1-1 through 120 minutes. Seven former University of North Carolina players competed for the American side including Friday starters Allie Long, Meghan Klingenberg and Tobin Heath. Crystal Dunn came on to spark the U.S. offensively in the second half of the game.
How have former UNC athletes done so far at the Olympics?
Fifteen UNC alums are taking part in the 2016 Olympics. Of that 15, only two have yet to participate in the games. Shalane Flanagan and Vikas Gowda will take part in the Track and Fields events which take place in the second week. The other 13 athletes’ events have begun, and many of them have had fairly successful starts.
Tobin Heath, USA’s GIF machine, is winning fans in soccer-mad Brazil
She is the most GIF-able player in U.S. women’s soccer history, and now her beloved second country, Brazil, is catching on. A revealing thing happened on Saturday as midfielder Tobin Heath did “Tobin Heath Things” during the second half of the U.S.’s 1–0 win over France.
Crystal Dunn saves U.S. women's soccer from embarrassing Olympics result against Colombia
A native of New Hyde Park, N.Y., who led North Carolina to the 2012 NCAA championship and the United States to the U-20 World Cup title that same year, Crystal Dunn scored the goal that tied the score at 1-1 and then set up a goal for 18-year-old Mallory Pugh that made her the youngest U.S. player to score in an Olympic tournament.
Mia Hamm: 'Be a parent first, coach second'
A mother of three, Mia Hamm has twice been named ESPN's Female Athlete of the Year, and she is the proud owner of two World Cup trophies and two Olympic gold medals. So, when she speaks on what it takes to be successful, she has a pretty trustworthy resume. Hamm says the number one aspect of a child's success is positivity.
Tobin Heath sees soccer as a platform for faith
Team USA soccer midfielder Tobin Heath, 28, has been kicked around by soccer as much as she’s kicked around in it. A two-time gold medalist, winning in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, she tasted punishing defeat when the U.S. lost to Japan in a penalty shootout at the FIFA Women’s World Cup final in 2011.
Mia Hamm to play in Wyndham Championship pro-am
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm will be playing golf in the Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Wos Family Foundation Pro-Am at the Wyndham Championship. Hamm’s Wyndham Championship appearance on Aug. 17 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro will come two days before the women’s soccer gold medal game at the Olympics.
Crystal Dunn's Goal & Assist Secures Tie For USA
The U.S. Women's National Team won its group for the fifth consecutive Olympic Games with a dramatic 2-2 draw with Colombia in its final Group G match. UNC alumnae Crystal Dunn and Whitney Engen were in the starting lineup for the U.S. side and Allie Long came on as a U.S. substitute. Dunn scored her first Olympic goal to tie the game late in the first half.
Team USA’s Crystal Dunn used disappointment to find her way
At first, the pain and disappointment were overwhelming. Crystal Dunn was the last player cut from the U.S. women’s soccer team that won the World Cup last summer, the unlucky No. 24 on a 23-player roster. This meant she was not on the field for the team’s World Cup Final victory over Japan in front of a record television audience.
UNC’s Olympic Firsts
Athletes and coaches from UNC have participated in most summer Olympic games since 1936. UNC’s first Olympian was Harry Williamson, who ran the 800 meters at the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin. The first UNC alumnus to win a gold medal was a basketball player. A former UNC star did not win an individual gold medal until the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
Mia Hamm Visits Young Soccer Fans In The Triad
Olympic gold medalists Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini-Hoch held a soccer camp for over 100 girls in Davie County Saturday, signing autographs and spending time with their young fans. The event called TeamFirst is part of Hamm's commitment to inspire young North Carolina girls to live fearlessly, eat healthy, and stay active.
USA Women's Soccer Blanks France In Olympic Group Play 1-0
The U.S. Women's Soccer Team took control of Group G with a 1-0 defeat of France thanks to Carli Lloyd's 63rd minute game-winning goal in its second match of the 2016 Olympic Games. UNC alumnae were prominent in the starting lineup in Saturday's win as U.S. coach Jill Ellis tapped all five Tar Heels on the team for the starting 11.
Tobin Heath shows she is fit and ready to help U.S. at Olympics
It didn't take long for Tobin Heath to overcome any doubts about her physical condition. Less than 10 minutes into the U.S. women's soccer team's debut at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Heath used her trademark dribbling skills to clear defenders and set up Carli Lloyd's opening goal in a 2-0 win over New Zealand.
Recounting UNC’s Olympic gold medal history
North Carolina has had plenty of sporting success over the years. In addition to the many teams that have won national championships, UNC has sent dozens of athletes to the Olympics. Several of them have came away with gold medals. In all, Tar Heel athletes have won 35 gold medals. In 2016, 17 former UNC athletes have a chance to add to that total.
Anson Dorrance on USWNT opener and French motivation
As Anson Dorrance watched the U.S. play New Zealand in the first game of the 2016 Olympics, it looked awful familiar to him. “New Zealand probably looked at the Australian template from the last World Cup,” says Dorrance, the head coach of 21-time NCAA champion UNC. Dorrance says to succeed, teams not only have to have good luck, but also the absence of bad luck.