Beijing Blogs - Jillian Ellis - Aug. 22, 2008

Aug. 22, 2008

Heading Home!

An unbelievable final capped an unbelievable Olympics! We beat Brazil last night in overtime to win the gold in front of 55,000 at Beijing Workers' Stadium. It was an amazing game and had two heavy-weights slugging it out through 120 minutes of soccer. It was the best team defensive effort I have seen, and our goalkeeper Hope Solo was spectacular.

Lauren Cheney did a tremendous job in the biggest game of her life. She worked tirelessly up front and was rewarded by helping create the game-winner in OT. I am so proud of her and all of her teammates!

Only when the Stars and Stripes was going up the flag pole did I really believe we had pulled it off. Brazil looked stunned, and I am just amazed at how resilient our backline was at repelling Brazil's attack. It was one of the most exciting games I have ever been a part of.

After the game, we went to the USOC USA house to join up with family and friends. It was a late night, and I am going to sleep the whole way back to LA.

I want to take a moment and thank my assistants, BJ and Shannon, for running pre-season in my absence. They have been incredibly supportive, and I would not have been able to take this journey without them. I am excited to be rejoining my team and ready to focus on the Bruins!

- Jillian Ellis

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