’27 million Americans inspired by one badass team’

Wprld Cup champions. (USA Today)

World Cup champions. (USA Today)

Sports Illustrated has chosen the U.S. women’s team as its ‘Inspiration of 2015.’

Grant Wahl writes:

In the Badass Power Rankings of 2015 these U.S. women were at the top: Abby Wambach, the indomitable forward who struck fear in defenders and won the first World Cup of her storied career; Becky Sauerbrunn, the back line rock whose flawless positioning kept attackers at bay; and Carli Lloyd, the relentless midfielder who capped her 16-minute hat trick in the final with a goal launched from the halfway line. Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday, Julie Johnston, Hope Solo and the rest: These Americans didn’t just win the World Cup with their 5–2 victory over Japan in Vancouver. They seized the trophy with an explosion of skill and an utter lack of mercy, and they made no apologies for it. That’s what badasses do.


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