“Huge Impact on Me”- USWNT Star Megan Rapinoe Reveals Sue Bird’s Everlasting Impact on Her Life

Published 05/06/2022, 9:00 AM EDT

The saying ‘birds of the same feather flock together’ certainly makes sense when one looks at Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe. Well, not because one of them has ‘Bird’ in her surname, but because they are both ‘megastars’ in their fields who fell in love with each other.

If we look at their careers, they are two of the greatest players of all time in their respective sports. In fact, their stardom stretches far beyond the realms of soccer and basketball. Recently, Rapinoe talked about how Bird helped her with her diet and conditioning.


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Megan Rapinoe talks about Sue’s influence

During an interview, Rapinoe talked about the time when she tore her ACL after the 2015 World Cup. Incidentally, this was also the time when she met Sue Bird. “She has had a huge impact on me both on the field and off,” said Rapinoe. She also talked about how Sue is still playing in the NBA and is still one of the best at 41 years of age. Megan jokingly mentioned that she watches what Sue eats and copies her but still doesn’t understand how Bird does so much.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 27: Soccer player Megan Rapinoe (L) and Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm pose for photos after attending the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rapinoe was then asked what Sue taught her about conditioning that helped her recover. To which she replied, “It was a lot in my diet.” Rapinoe said that she wasn’t eating badly, but she “under-ate” and did it at the wrong time. Megan added that it helped her train harder and longer.

Rapinoe also admitted that when she could finally play again, she felt fresh again. She also could feel the difference within her physically.


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Bird and Rapinoe – The Power Couple

Sharing a beautiful bond, the couple started dating in 2016. Owing to their standing in each of their sports, they quickly became the “power couple.” During an interview, they were asked about the same as Rapinoe and Bird smiled at each other. Megan then talked about the barriers they were trying to overcome.


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She said that they were trying to “force multiply” everything they could from soccer, basketball, and the WNBA. Megan also added that they needed to extract every bit of culture to bring women’s sports forwards.

Noticeably, Megan was a key figure in the fight for equal pay for the USWNT. After facing a lot of adversities, they agreed to a settlement of $24million.


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The Rapinoe-Bird duo serves as an inspiration to many, and we hope they continue to make significant strides in the world of sports.

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.

Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa