On Oct. 13th, Christie Rampone came to the Green Music Center and gave a talk to Sonoma State students and the outside community of Sonoma County.
Rampone is a three-time gold medalist, current captain on the U.S. women’s soccer team, two time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion along with being the oldest player to appear in FIFA, and she is the second most capped player in U.S. and world history.
Just by her accomplishments in her sport, one can see how much of an incredible athlete Christie Rampone is. At the age of 40, while competing all over the world, she is married and has two daughters as well.
“I am a better leader and teammate after becoming a mother,” said Rampone.
The event was full of young soccer players who look up to Rampone. The Sonoma State women’s soccer team also attended along with some students, but it was mainly filled with young girls and their parents hoping to meet her and gain some advice.
Christie Rampone gave a lot of great advice to the audience; she talked about knowing your role on a team, whether it is as a starter or a non-starter, be the best you can be in that role.
“You have to be able to lead but also be able to follow, communication is huge with the success of a team,“ said Rampone.
“Learn from your mistakes, be positive, display positive body language, don’t play the blame game, focus on positive energy rather than complaining and negativity.”
She also stated that everyone can grow into great physical skill, but very few have mental focus and that they are the ones that make it to the next level.
Her interview lasted about an hour and everyone was very engaged and inspired.
“She is a true role model and an inspiration to all athletes, she gave great advice,” said Sonoma State softball player Kristine Ricossa.
She addressed the fact that she has stayed in amazing shape her whole life and with being being 40 years old, has avoided most struggles.
She has always practiced other sports, whether it is speed training, lifting, or basketball; it has helped her train all muscles throughout the years.
She expressed how working multiple muscles leads to a longer career and less injuries.
Along with all of her advice on how to be the best player and teammate you can be, Rampone also talked about her personal pre-game routine and her dance parties in the locker rooms.
She expressed how excited she is to retire and be with her two children and husband more often.
Rampone concluded her talk with how she is sad to put the game behind her, but is very excited to start being home more and see what the future has in store.