Megan Rapinoe- United States Soccer Star:
Megan Rapinoe first burst onto the world soccer scene as a player for the University of Portland Pilots. She and her twin sister Rachael helped the Pilots win a national championship in 2005. That led to her gaining a spot on the US national team.
Megan Rapinoe and Her Injuries:
Despite being plagued by injuries, Megan Rapinoe has proved to be the kind of player who can bounce back and bounce back again. She had two separate ACL injuries that kept her from competing at the 2007 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics.
A moment of Fame for Megan Rapinoe:
Although Megan Rapinoe has been known by soccer fans for years as an explosive player, she is remembered by many for her picturesque cross to Abby Wambach against Brazil at the 2011 World Cup, which helped the US win the game and enter into the finals.
Megan Rapinoe Comes Out as Lesbian:
Although she's known she was a lesbian since college, Megan Rapinoe decided to come out in an interview with Out magazine
. In the interview she said, “I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out. I feel everyone is really craving [for] people to come out. People want -- they need -- to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol’ U.S. of A.”
Rapinoe says her teammates know about her sexual orientation and she feels supported by them.
Megan Rapinoe Girlfriend:
Megan Rapinoe has not been in the closet. In fact, she's been dating an Australian soccer player for three years and she recently brought her home to meet her family. Because of her travel schedule, she does not get to spend a lot of time with her
Megan Rapinoe on Coming Out:
Since she made her decision to come out, Rapinoe has been interviewed and blogged about her decision. In an interview with ESPN she said, "For me, it's important to come out. There's so much talk about it, it's such a hot-button issue. I'm very proud of who I am, and I think that I'm on a certain platform to be able to stand up and be just who I am. I think people look up to us. And if they don't look up to us, they follow us and support us. We're much more scrutinized as a team now than we have been in a long time, and I just felt like this is who I am and I'm very proud of who I am and it's important to stand up."
Positive Impact of Being Out:
Megan Rapinoe says she hasn't had any negative reactions since coming out. In an ESPN interview she said, "I don't think I'll see that much of a backlash, and if I do, well, that's OK. It's a chance to educate people. And my whole life, it's been widely accepted. It's been amazing for me, and not a story that everything single [gay] person can tell. There are some people who have struggled with it, and to have someone like me to look up to, or to see a person that had the courage to do that, is a pretty cool thing. My family is very supportive of me and loves me for who I am, and you can't ask for anything more than that."