US Women’s Soccer legend Shannon Boxx joined hosts Ryan Sullivan and Jay DeMerit on The Rise this week. She spoke about her journey from being diagnosed with lupus to becoming a FIFA World Player of the Year finalist, a three-time Olympic gold medallist and World Cup champion.
Shannon spoke about how she battled every morning against her autoimmune disease and what it meant to be a part of the team. She was an integral part of the mid-2000’s surge of US Women’s soccer. A run that saw other greats like Mia Hamm, Brandy Chastain and Hope Solo rise through the ranks. It was a time period that also left Shannon very decorated from almost every tournament the team entered.
She touched on her love for the game and the position of midfielder. A favourable spot because she believed she could, “help control the game”. Sadly, though, after winning the 1995 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship with Notre Dame, her health suddenly became out of her control.
After signing with the San Diego Spirit, she learned about her diagnosis and kept things pretty quiet in fear of losing her roster spot. This is where our interview with Shannon really takes off!
We truly hope you enjoy what’s to come and the episodes we’ve had thus far. Coming up next week, Canadian Olympic medallist swimmer Brent Hayden followed up former Vancouver Canuck centre Kyle Wellwood.
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