This week we celebrate the start of the long-delayed Tokyo Summer Games, with soccer to begin a couple days before the opening ceremonies.
No one knows what this spectator-less Olympic experience will be like. However, Washington State Legends of Soccer visited with some of our state’s Olympians and would-be Olympians to share their experiences over the last 40-plus years, from the amateur age to and boycotts to scoring goals and grabbing gold medals.
Beginning Monday and running through Thursday, WA Legends will roll-out a new YouTube series: Conversation with a Legend – Olympics Edition. The featured guests are Jeff Stock, Brent Goulet, Kasey Keller and Hope Solo.
The Olympic soccer tournament is unlike the other international championships conducted by FIFA and the various confederations. It’s condensed. It’s part of a much larger festival of sport. It begins before the Opening Ceremonies and the venues are often scattered far from the official host city.
Watch and learn. Why was the Moscow boycott a mixed blessing for Stock? Which star athletes from other sports became fast friends of Goulet? Why did being left off the 1992 team prove a career boost for Keller? And why was getting a gold medal at Athens not satisfying to Solo?