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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!



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  • Well I am happy you are on the road to recovery. I have been a fan of you and your team for years and want nothing but success for you. Stay strong and continue to inspire me. Now you must excuse me I just ate 4x ?? and I still need to spray weed killer around my house.


    • ED
  • So wonderful to hear how well you’re recovering! My hope is for you to be on that Rio roster, to show everyone how strong you are. You’ve worked so hard to get here, now let’s get to Rio. Keep up the great work Pinoe.

    • Cat
  • I am happy to hear you are recovering nicely. I look forward to watching your imagination at work. You have a creative mind that lends itself to make the beautiful game beautiful. Be well my friend.

    • Ginger Garrett