Abby Wambach plans to play in Rio Olympics next summer

Abby Wambach after the U.S. victory over Japan in the 2015 World Cup final, July 5, 2015. Simon Bruty/Sports Illustrated)

Abby Wambach after the U.S. victory over Japan in the 2015 World Cup final, July 5, 2015. Simon Bruty/Sports Illustrated)

Abby Wambach said repeatedly that this summer’s World Cup would be her last. But she’s left the door open about whether she would try to play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

2016-Rio-Olympic-Logo-7This morning, on an interview with the Fox TV station in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., she said she does hope to take part in those Games.

“I’m planning on playing in Rio next summer. I gotta let my body recover,” she said.

The Olympics take place from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21 next year.

Making the U.S. team isn’t guaranteed for the 35-year-old forward, who was used sparingly in the World Cup.

The Olympic roster is 18 players, compared with 23 for the World Cup. Two members of the World Cup team, Lauren Holiday and Shannon Boxx, have already announced their retirement, and team captain Christie Rampone, at 40 the oldest member of the World Cup roster, my decide to join them.

 

 

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