Olympic Spotlight 10: Christine Sinclair (Football/Soccer)Posted by: Top Country
Canada beats France 1-0 this morning with late goal by Matheson to win the bronze medal!
Canada’s women’s soccer team has its first medal in Olympic history.
Sinclair is widely recognized as the greatest player to ever come out of Canada. She has spent the last 12 years with the Canadian team, participating in three FIFA World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011) and the 2008 Olympic Games. Amongst her individual accomplishments are 127 goals in 171 appearances and a “Top-5 Player in the World” status for the last decade.
Besides winning a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, one of the most memorable moments of Sinclair’s 2011 campaign was the free kick goal she scored against two-time defending champion Germany in the opening match of the 2011 World Cup. In front of 73,000 German supporters (with a broken nose suffered earlier in the second half), Sinclair curled a perfect free kick over the wall and into the corner of the net.
At the age of 29, Sinclair is Canada’s all-time leading caps and goal scorer (at 134), and the reigning and seven-time Soccer Canada Player of the Year. Five times she has been nominated as the FIFA World Player of the Year.
Sinclair hails from Burnaby, B.C., and played most recently for Western New York. She played her college soccer at the University of Portland, where she set an all-time Division I goal-scoring record with 39, was named “Academic All-American of the Year” by ESPN The Magazine, and won The 2005-2006 Honda-Broderick Cup as the collegiate “Woman Athlete of the Year.”