In today’s episode, I interview the captain of the women’s Canadian national soccer team and Portland Thorns FC striker Christine Sinclair. Christine is a Legend with a capital L. She attended University of Portland (Go Pilots!) While there she was a Mac Hermann trophy recipient and a 2x NCAA champion. She has received countless other accolades throughout her career including being the a 12x recipient of Canada’s Soccer Player of the Year, 2x bronze Olympic medalist, she’s been short listed for fifa player of the year 7 times, and is the second leading goal scorer in the world, just behind Abby Wambach.
But even more admirable than her accolades, is who Christine is as a human. Despite being one of the top players in the world, she is incredibly down to earth. Christine despises being in the spotlight and is a private person in general, but in our discussion she opens up and explains in her own words, she’s actually not a “hermit.” You’ll see that she’s a little bit weird and quite funny.
In our conversation we talk about
- How everyone can be a leader, and what it takes to become one
what it was like surpassing her idol Mia Hamm in all-time goals-scored
-The impromptu speech she gave in the locker room to her distraught teammates during the Olympics
-How the loss of multiple family members completely change her perspective on soccer, and allowed her to take her game to the next level
-Why she slurps mustard before and during the half-time of games with Emily Menges (Emily also makes a guest appearance!)
-The method she uses to become a world-class finisher
-Why she named her achilles tendon “Clarence”
I’d love to hear what you learned from this episode. Please leave a message in the comments!
:57 Who is Christine Sinclair?
3:45 Charlie, the love of her life!
5:15 How did Christine choose University of Portland
9:00 How was winning the NCAA women’s soccer championships?
10:05 What is Sinc’s top moment in her career?
11:15 Other sports played by Christine
11:45 When did she know soccer was her main sport?
13:25 Was she always a standout player?
14:04 Did she have goals from the beginning of her career?
14:35 What players did she idolize?
15:32 When did she know she would play in a world cup?
15:44 What did it feel like to surpass Mia Hamm’s goal scoring record?
18:02 Why is Christine so well liked by teammates?
19:45 Does Sinc like being a leader?
21:05 Can everyone be a leader?
22:32 What is Christine’s memories of the 2012 London Olympics
26:57 Why doesn’t Christine like being in the spotlight?
28:15 Her perspective on social media
30:28 How does she deal with her competitiveness?
31:40 The importance of team bonding
36:29 Her battle with being a recovering perfectionist
37:55 How has Sinc learned to play more freely?
40:10 What would she tell her 18 year old self?
42:14 Sinc’s favorite coffee shop
43:42 Favorite restaurant
44:38 How has she dealt with body pain?
50:40 Christine’s stats & records
55:03 What does Sinc like about Portland, Oregon
56:31 Her morning routine
58:34 What is the biggest misconception about Christine?
59:31 What one belief does Christine have that others think is crazy?
1:00:20 Favorite failure
1:02:21 Greatest accomplishment
1:04:32 How has she developed her amazing finishing skills?
1:06:00 What is Sinc’s one simple tip for female athletes
1:07:30 Favorite downtime activity
1:08:15 What does Christine enjoy most about scoring goals
1:08:45 pregame rituals & superstitions
1:09:57 What 3 Thorns players would she choose to be with on a deserted island?
1:10:24 Has there ever been a moment when she wanted to quit soccer?
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