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Megan Rapinoe is no stranger to the spotlight. In fact, the American professional soccer player is most in her element when she’s playing in stadiums in front of tens of thousands of people. She doesn’t just play under pressure, she thrives under it.
Case in point: in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil, Rapinoe sent a cross to her teammate Abby Wambach which resulted in an equaliser point for the American team. They went on to win the match against the Brazilians in a penalty shoot-out.
“I see myself as an entertainer as well as an athlete, probably more the former than the latter,” Rapinoe told Harvard Business Review in 2020. “So I just revel in those moments: having that huge crowd with all those crazy fans and millions watching on TV, being in the spotlight when so often women in sports are not. That’s an incredible stage to be on. It’s fun.”
Over the past decade, Rapinoe has transformed into one of the most iconic soccer players around the world. In 2019, she won the Ballon d’Or Féminin and was named The Best FIFA Women’s Player. She has also won gold as part of the American team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In addition to her achievements on the soccer field, Rapinoe is widely known for her activism off it. She is an advocate for a number of LGBT+ organisations, including the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Athlete Ally, and was presented with an award by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in 2013. She has also co-founded a gender-neutral lifestyle brand, re-inc, with fellow U.S. soccer players, Christen Press, Tobin Heath, and Meghan Klingenberg.
Fashion and streetwear are male-dominated industries, ripe for disruption. We saw the need to make a line that was more inclusive of different body types and gender identities. Our clothing capsules are a template for everyone’s unique self-expression. There’s a piece for everyone and unlimited ways to style it. There’s no right way to wear it. We want our clothes to be about fitting you, not trying to fit it.re—inc, a Brand Created By US Women Soccer Stars – Hypebae
Megan Rapinoe’s daily training & diet routine
On a typical training day, Rapino is up and having breakfast between 7-8am. A sample breakfast meal might be an English muffin sandwich with two scrambled eggs and some vegetables like onion or green pepper. “Sometimes if I’m feeling frisky, I’ll put Sriracha on it,” she told PureWow. No matter what kind of day it is, she’ll always have a drip coffee with some coconut creamer to start her mornings off.
Overall, my philosophy is just to put good things in my body. I don’t really eat anything artificial, fake, or that I can’t pronounce. I try to keep it simple and clean.Megan Rapinoe Shares Her Winning Food Philosophy That Keeps Her Energy up on and Off the Field | Well + Good
After she finishes her breakfast, she’ll spend some time chilling out at home before heading off to training. “I’m a “morning workout” person, so around 11 or so, I get my workout going,” she said in an interview with Refinery29. “If I don’t do it then, I’ll think about it all day, so I like to get it over with to start my day.”
Rapinoe’s training sessions vary depending on the day and her requirements, but typically, they involve strength work and weightlifting, with cardio in the intervals. She’ll usually warm-up with yoga or Pilates prior to a training session.
“Being a winger or a wide mid, I have to run continuously for 90 minutes, which not only takes endurance but also strength in my legs to be able to be explosive for 90 minutes,” the soccer player said in a Sports Illustrated interview. “I think weight training has really allowed me to sustain for those 90 minutes.”
With her arduous training sessions usually spanning hours at a time, Rapinoe likes to have a snack during her workout to keep her going. She’ll usually have a Luna or Clif bar, as well as a Body Armor Lyte drink.
For lunch, she’ll typically have a sandwich and a salad, or a grain bowl with sweet potato and farro. Afterwards, she’ll have a protein bar or juice press for an afternoon snack. “I’m really into Pressed Juicery’s freezes—they somehow turn dates, almonds and juice into a fro-yo type situation and it’s a delicious, guilt-free snack,” she said. “I’ll top mine with cacao drizzle, fresh fruit, almond butter and sliced almonds.”
When dinner rolls around, Rapinoe is usually in the kitchen cooking a meal up with her partner, American-Israeli professional basketball player Sue Bird.
My girlfriend and I live together and we cook at home pretty often (although we’re spoiled for amazing restaurants in Seattle). We’ll usually do some kind of lean protein (like chicken thighs) and vegetables. One of our favorites: Greek bison burgers. They’re unreal. I make the patty out of ground bison, one egg, fresh oregano, salt, pepper and garlic. I’ll use butter lettuce for the bun and have some baked sweet potato fries and a Greek salad (bell peppers, cucumbers, red onion and kalamata olives) with lemon dressing on the side. There’s this garlic sauce from Whole Foods that’s just garlic and olive oil, and it’s so good—we put that all over everything.Here’s What Pro Soccer Player Megan Rapinoe Eats in a Day to Look (and Feel) Fabulous | PureWow
As she’s gotten older in her soccer career, Rapinoe has become more mindful about injury prevention. The SKLZ massage bar and barrel roller play a big role in her daily recovery routine, in addition to an Epsom salt bath every night. “I do that before bed and relax,” she told The New York Times. “Then I do a little stretching.”
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