#RIOmode

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May 31, 2016

I’m nervous, I can’t lie about that. I can’t sit here and tell you that it doesn't cross my mind, that I don’t worry about it, that I don’t think about it. When I plant and cut, take a touch to strike a ball, run up the stairs, or sit cross legged. But it’s part of it isn't it? It’s part of coming back from a major injury, an injury that has kept me out of the game for months. It’s getting that confidence back, and feeling free again. It’s all part of training your body to remember these movements so often and so naturally, so your mind doesn't have to.

Don't worry, I'm enjoying it as well! I am back in National Team camp for the first time in months, and it feels like I haven't missed a beat. The jokes with my teammates have come back as easy as throwing the boots on again. While I know their faces have brought a renewed energy for me, I have an inkling that feeling is mutual. Its starting to feel real. Really real. It’s time y’all. From this point forward I now consider myself in #RIOMode, and I think you should too!

XO,

Pinoe


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43 comments

  • Sadly, I know what you mean about questioning yourself and seeing your team members motivating you…only my team members were the soldiers next to me in the Sandbox (Iraq)! They were the motivation I needed to push myself.

    • Aimee
  • The first time I saw you play in Utah, (before going to the olympics 2012). We drove from California to Utah just to say good luck. I thought “She’s a BADASS!” Ever since then I admire the way you play and the way you are! Take care and hope you’re back to your #BadAssMode #RioMode Take Care..

    • Mary
  • Complete faith in my favorite Athlete…

    • BTWilson
  • Both of my sons tore their ACLs playing soccer in college. Made me start thinking I should have maybe let them play football. Good news is .. both came back stronger than ever as you will too. Good luck MR!

    • Tom Tolman
  • Go Pinoe! Can’t wait to play with u tomorrow!

    • Tobin