May 29, 2012
Kristine Lilly, otherwise known as Lil, is a legend – all 5’4” of her. She is a 23 year veteran of the US Women’s National Team, was the US Soccer Player of the Year in ‘93, ‘05, & ‘06, played in 5 World Cups and 3 Olympics to become a two-time Champion in each tournament, and is the world’s most-capped player to ever play the game with 352 National Team appearances.
Dizzying, right? And on top of that, Kristine got married in 2006 (can you imagine – she was named Player of the Year while planning a wedding!) and had her first daughter Sidney in 2008, which is probably the reason why she didn’t play in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She came back to the National Team in 2010 and retired in 2011, just 10 months prior to the birth of her second daughter, Jordan.
And the accolades continue. In the past month she has been inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame, was named one of the 40 greatest female athletes by espnW, has givenkeynote speeches at local celebrity breakfasts and has even been given Gold Keys in her hometown state’s athletic hall of fame.