Team USA’s Women’s Soccer Team was expected to dominate at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. They’ve won the gold for Women’s Soccer at the London games in 2012, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup three times (that’s more than any other country). Which is why everyone was shocked when their team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sweden.
Despite the disappointment that naturally comes with such a massive upset, player Alex Morgan was determined to stay positive and to continue encouraging girls and women to keep playing, so they can find their confidence and strength. After the tragic loss, the 27 year old immediately posted this tweet.
Heartbroken for the team+staff, for our fans, for my family. Today’s loss will make winning that much sweeter. Learn, grow, and never forget
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) August 12, 2016
Alex explained the emotions behind that tweet to CNN:
This loss has probably been the toughest of my career so far. We had such high expectations for ourselves… But it wouldn’t be sports if challenges didn’t come in our path every once in a while. Or even more than every once in a while. But I feel like it’s important to feel like you have that support and feel like you are encouraged to keep going. That’s why I put out a tweet right after losing the game, because although I was disappointed and heartbroken, I felt like it wasn’t a game that was going to define me or hurt my confidence, and I wanted to show girls that they’re not alone with challenges that come up.
Alex has officially partnered with Always’s #LikeAGirl campaign. The campaign is targeted at young women, reminding them that there is strength in being a woman and that they can achieve anything. The empowering ads– such as the latest, a moving video called “Keep Playing”– are in response to statistics that show girls are more likely to stop participating in organized sports after puberty.
Alex says she wants to continue encouraging young women with her message, even after her team’s painful loss. Despite the statistics cited in the Like A Girl campaign, and despite heartbreaking losses that come with life, Alex knows you can achieve anything you put your mind to… as long as you keep playing.
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