Rampone's U.S. Olympic hopes fade

Christie Rampone, whose 311 caps are second all-time behind Kristine Lilly's 354, pulled out of the U.S. women's national team camp in Colorado, effectively ending her hopes of returning to the Olympics, where she has won three gold medal and one silver medal. She returned from knee surgery in December and is starting for Sky Blue FC but is not in shape to compete for an Olympic spot.

I don’t feel 100 percent healthy enough to train and compete at that level,” Rampone said. “I’ve been able to manage myself and contribute to Sky Blue this season, which I will continue to do, but I also have an understanding of the level of fitness and health needed to push for an Olympic roster spot, and I know I’m not there right now. It’s not the right choice for myself or the team to put myself in that environment.”

Rampone has not played for the USA since September during the Victory Tour. Since recovering from knee surgery, she has played in all six NWSL matches for Sky Blue FC but was considered a longshot to make the Rio 18.

Rampone lost her starting job to Julie Johnston at the 2015 Women's World Cup, where she played just 14 minutes. Coach Jill Ellis will take three or four center backs to Rio, and Becky Sauerbrunn, Whitney Engen and Emily Sonnett, as well as Johnston, are all ahead of Rampone.
1 comment about "Rampone's U.S. Olympic hopes fade".
  1. John Soares, May 26, 2016 at 3:50 p.m.

    Sad to see an ALL TIME great "move on". By removing herself she shows the level of class off the field she has always demonstrated on the field.... Best of luck!

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