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Ali Krieger’s Long-Awaited Olympic Debut

via @alikrieger

via @alikrieger

The Washington Post takes a look at Ali Krieger ’07, who will make her Olympic debut for the United States women’s national soccer team on Wednesday night. While Krieger has been one of the USWNT’s top right backs for years, she missed out on going to 2012 Olympics – where she likely would have started – after tearing her right ACL and MCL during a qualifying match.

Four years later, Krieger is in Brazil as one of the fullbacks for the best women’s soccer team on the planet. She’s also making history: at 32, Krieger is the oldest first-time Olympian in the history of the national team.

Krieger, backup goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher ’10, and the rest of the American squad will try to become the first women’s soccer team to successfully defend a gold medal at the Olympics. Their quest for another gold will start at 6 p.m. EST tonight against New Zealand. You can watch the match on NBC Sports.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

August 3, 2016 at 11:22 am 1 comment

Bowman & Krieger Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant


Kobe Bryant’s basketball career ended with a wildly entertaining 60-point effort on Wednesday night. Before the game tipped off, there were a number of things on the Internet paying homage to Bryant’s basketball career, including this video testimony from Nike athletes—a pair of Penn Staters among them.

Former Nittany Lion greats NaVorro Bowman ’09 (above) and Ali Krieger ’07 are part of the parade of athletes who discussed the respect that they have for the NBA legend. They’re only onscreen briefly, but watching them discuss one of the best basketball players of all time is really cool. Fair warning: This video is slightly NSFW due to a bleeped-out word at the end.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

April 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

Ali Krieger and Kerry McCoy Trade Places

Ali Krieger ’07 and Kerry McCoy ’97 are two of the finest athletes that Penn State has ever produced. The pair had never crossed paths until earlier this year, when Krieger, who plays professionally in Maryland and is (of course) a recent World Cup winner, visited former Olympian McCoy at the University of Maryland (where he’s now the head wrestling coach) for a video series called “The Keystone Connection.” In it, McCoy teaches Krieger some wrestling moves, while Krieger coaches up McCoy on the pitch. The duo also discuss their careers, both as collegiate athletes and as competitors who have gone on to represent the United States at the international level.

(h/t @PSUSportsMuseum)

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

September 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm 3 comments

A Spirited Group of Lions

Former women’s soccer All-American midfielder Christine Nairn ’12 posted a very cool shot on her Instagram account Thursday: a pride of Nittany Lions who are now teammates on the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League.

From left, that’s forward Tiffany Weimer ’06, Nairn, midfielder Joanna Lohman ’04, defender Ali Krieger ’07 (fresh off helping the U.S. to World Cup glory), and rookie defender Whitney Church ’15. The Spirit, who play their home games in Boyds, Md., are back in action Saturday when they host the Houston Dash—whose starting goalkeeper is none other Erin McLeod ’06.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

July 31, 2015 at 10:59 am 1 comment

Ali Krieger on the Mend

Krieger during her playing days at Penn State.

Krieger during her playing days at Penn State.

There’s a great piece in Friday’s Washington Post on Ali Krieger ’07, a member of the 2011 and 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer teams. Krieger, also a star for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League, suffered a concussion in a league match three weeks ago, a health scare that also put a dent in her hopes of starting at the World Cup this summer. But at a time when head injuries in sports are in the news more than ever, Krieger is benefiting from heightened caution about just how much care—and time—these athletes need before they can safely retake the field. Here’s wishing Ali luck in her continued recovery. Can’t wait to see her back in red, white, and blue this summer.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

May 1, 2015 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Ali Krieger on NPR

Ali Krieger ’07, who shot the winning penalty kick for the U.S. Sunday in a Women’s World Cup quarterfinal against Brazil, got some extended limelight when she was on National Public Radio the next day. You can hear the interview by NPR’s Michele Norris here.

The U.S. women play France in the semifinals today—coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on ESPN TV, and there’s also live streaming on ESPN3. I know what I’ll be doing over my lunch hour….

Tina Hay, editor

July 13, 2011 at 8:44 am 1 comment

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