VIDEO: USWNT Star Carli Lloyd Celebrates Birthday While Flying to Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/16/2021, 10:53 AM EDT
Oct 27, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Team USA midfielder Carli Lloyd (R) of the 2015 Women’s World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team at a ceremony honoring their world championship in the East Room at The White House. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports/Files


The USWNT will look to capture their fifth gold medal in the history of the Olympics as the Tokyo Olympics 2020 kicks off soon. One of the most notable names in a star-studded team is none other than Carli Lloyd. Lloyd celebrated her birthday at 30,000 feet while flying to the Tokyo Olympics.

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A recent video from the U.S. Soccer’s official Twitter handle was posted that showed Lloyd celebrating mid-air. She turned 39 today. The superstar player has won plenty of team honors with the United States Women’s National Team. Triumphs in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, also World Cup winner’s medals in 2015 and 2019 are the pinnacle of her achievements with the national team.

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Just @carlilloyd celebrating 39 years at 30,000 feet on the way to her 8th world championship! 🥳 #Tokyo2020,” the video was captioned. Lloyd’s success is not limited to collective. She is also a former two-time FIFA Women’s player of the year winner. Awards in 2015 and 2016 belonged to her.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Hope Solo #1 and Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrate with the American flag after defeating Japan by a score of 2-1 to win the Women’s Football gold medal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The event in Tokyo will be Lloyd’s fourth appearance on the Olympic stage. She has previously been a part of the team in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Lloyd is also the second-ever player in any form of Soccer to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. She did so in the 2015 World Cup final where she won the Golden Ball for being the tournament’s best player.

How crucial will Carli Lloyd be to the USWNT’s success in Tokyo Olympics 2020?

The United States Women’s National Team is a team full of stars. The likes of Megan Rapinoe, Sam Mewis, Tobin Heath, and more will all play a crucial role in the team’s success. However, one might argue that the veteran Lloyd is an integral part of the team and her form will be pivotal during the event.

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL – AUGUST 06: Carli Lloyd of United States celebrates after scoring during the Women’s Group G first round match between United States and France during Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand will be the three opponents the USWNT will face in the group stages of the tournament. A total of 12 teams are participating in the tournament. They are divided into 3 groups with two teams progressing from each and the two best third-placed teams making up the quarter-final places.

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How far Lloyd can help the team progress, remains to be seen. Can the USWNT clinch their fifth gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020? Let us know.

 

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