Megan Rapinoe is One of a Kind
On a team relatively devoid of tattoo ink, Megan Rapinoe sports a pair of discreet markings.
The delicate cursive on her left biceps, visible if she raises her arm to the sky or extends it like a wing, says: “Nature ran her course.” Her other tattoo is placed on the palm side of her right wrist. Written in Arabic, it says, “Trust yourself.”
“I was born the way I was,” said Rapinoe, who is expected to be one of the key players for the top-ranked U.S. women’s soccer team when it begins its run for a fourth gold medal against France in Glasgow, Scotland, on July 25. The soccer competition for the London 2012 Olympic Games starts two days before the Opening Ceremony.
For Rapinoe, (pronounced ruh-PEE-no) 27, of California, it will mark her first trip to the Games. She suffered consecutive anterior cruciate ligament tears in her knee that sidelined her for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
There are many ways to describe Rapinoe, who is dynamic both as a player and a person. Electric, magnetic, super talented but also — even by her own recognition — inconsistent. But for the U.S. Olympic Team, the big news is that she is healthy.
Asked to describe the blonde known as “Pinoe,” U.S. goalie Hope Solo laughed at first. It’s clear we’re dealing with someone unique here.