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THIRD OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WITHIN REACH FOR MU'S RAMPONE

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: August 07, 2012
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LONDON, ENGLAND - Monmouth University's Christie Rampone, the first American woman to play in four Olympic Games for the United States, will captain the United States in the Gold Medal match against Japan on Thursday, August 9 at 2:45 p.m. [ET]. A 1997 graduate of Monmouth, is playing in her fourth Olympic Games, and eyeing her third Gold Medal.

A member of the U.S. National Team since 1997, and team captain since 2008, Rampone won gold at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and claimed a 2000 Olympic silver medal.

Rampone said, “Even though it’s my fourth Olympics, it still feels as exciting as when I turned up at Sydney for my first all those years ago. As an American, you grow up dreaming of the Olympics and everyone knows what it means and what it takes to succeed. It is so big back home in the USA. Plus my kids (Rylie, six, and Reece, two) will be here to watch me play, so that makes this one extra special. After all, this tournament might be my last.”

"We are honored to have Monmouth alum, Christie Rampone, lead the USA women's soccer team as they kick off tomorrow versus France in the Olympics," stated MU head coach Krissy Turner. "Christie is a role model, leader and world class athlete. We are excited to root on her and her teammates."

Also a four-time World Cup team member, Rampone made her first appearance on February 28, 1997, versus Australia and scored her first goal against South Korea on May 2, 1997.

Rampone, who is the Hawks' and the Northeast Conference's all-time leading scorer, ranks fourth all-time in U.S. history with 260 career caps as a defender, trailing only Kristine Lilly (352 caps; 1987-2010), Mia Hamm (275; 1987-2004) and Julie Foudy (272; 1988-2004). The Point Pleasant native also ranks fifth all-time in games started for her nation with 231, just three starting assignments away from tying Joy Fawcett (234; 1987-2000) for fourth position.

When asked what having Rampone as part of the program means to her, Monmouth rising junior Dana Costello commented, "Being in the presence of a female icon of Christie's status, who is a current player and will be appearing in the 2012 Olympics, is a huge inspiration and humbling experience. She is so down to earth and a true testament to the phrase 'impossible is nothing'. Motivation is an understatement of the feeling one gets from knowing the captain of the USWNT came from the same program you are currently a part of and that she will be representing Monmouth women's soccer, as well as many other things, on her quest for gold."


U.S. Women's National Team Olympic Schedule - Group G:
July 25 U.S. vs. France [12 p.m. ET] Hampden Park (Glasgow, Scotland)
NBC Sports Network, NBC Olympic Soccer Channel

July 28 U.S. vs. Colombia [12 p.m. ET] Hampden Park (Glasgow, Scotland)
NBC Sports Network, NBC Olympic Soccer Channel

July 31 U.S. vs. Korea DPR [12:15 p.m. ET] Old Trafford (Manchester, England)
NBC Sports Network, NBC Olympic Soccer Channel

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FIFA article: Record-breaking Rampone eyes third gold

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