“Frankly, Really Hard”: USWNT Star Megan Rapinoe Reveals the Side of Her Intense Training No One Sees

Published 12/30/2021, 9:30 AM EST
KASHIMA, JAPAN – AUGUST 05: Megan Rapinoe #15 of Team United States celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Women’s Bronze Medal match between United States and Australia on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kashima Stadium on August 05, 2021 in Kashima, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)


The time she spent in France, Megan Rapinoe was at the peak of her career. Fresh from her gold medal victory with the USWNT at the 2012 London Olympics, she signed for the French club, Olympique Lyon. Weaving her magic on the field, her performance at the 2019 World Cup was one for the ages. However, things have not been the easiest for the talented star, despite how it’s all looked on the outside.

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Megan recently revealed how hard it was to train during those times in the cold. In an interview, she talked about training in extremely cold weather, while striving to be the best.

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Megan Rapinoe reveals her training time in Europe

The talented Rapinoe is regarded as one of the best players in the world. She won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics with USWNT, while also winning the World Cup in 2015 and 2019. After her gold medal victory, she moved to Olympique Lyon. Speaking of her time in France, she said, “That’s frankly, really hard, working out on your own. I spend a lot of time out east in the winter, which means a lot of cold and a lot of snow and a lot of like just terrible training, where I’m like, ‘This is so awful, I can’t believe I’m doing this.'”

“To get to the moment where you are at Stade de France or at Parc De Princes and you get to go out there and play. But, I always want the ball, whether it’s just a normal game or a World Cup game or whatever it is. I want to be in those moments. I like to be in those moments,” she added.

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Rapinoe’s training troubles in Tokyo

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Apart from talking about her troubles training out in the cold, she also spoke about training in Tokyo, explaining how climatic conditions are somewhat different out there. Notably, while the USWNT won the bronze medal, they did not have a great time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The heat and humidity made it hard for players to focus on their training. Being dehydrated is something that happened most of the time. Notably, her partnership with sports drink BODYARMOR LYTE came to her aid.

LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates following her sides victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

From all her stories, one thing is certain, Rapinoe lives for the big moments. She trains harder every day, to become the best in the world. Even at 36, she shows no signs of slowing down as her country recognizes her as a true legend of the sport.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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