Rampone adds a new story to US women’s world cup quest
Excerpted from SI.com ( Posted: 07/16/2011 )
FRANKFURT, Germany — As the captain of the U.S. women’s soccer team, Christie Rampone has the chance to be the player who receives the Women’s World Cup trophy if the U.S. beats Japan in the final here on Sunday (2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN3.com). Few players in the history of soccer, men or women, have had that opportunity, but then again, there’s not much that’s ordinary in her life.
Who is Christie Rampone? She’s a 36-year-old mother of two — the only mother on the team — whose daughter Rylie lost her first tooth the other day. She’s a lockdown central defender who has been terrific in her fourth Women’s World Cup. She’s a remarkably fit player who, despite being the team’s oldest member, has the No. 1-rated fitness level on the 21-player squad (based on the eight tests everyone has to complete).
And, as I was stunned to discover on Saturday, she’s doing all this despite having Lyme disease.
A sometimes debilitating infectious disease spread by ticks, Lyme disease can cause fatigue, headaches and fevers. Rampone noticed that she was exhausted last year, and finally in December she took action. “It was bad enough that I got blood work done and got tested for Lyme disease,” she told me. “It never removed me from training, but it was something that I knew had to be taken care of.”
Rampone has been on medication, she added. “I have my good and bad days, but when it’s tough I just push through it,” she said. “I’m still going through the process. My numbers are still the same, but I’m feeling so much better.”
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