O'Hara soaks it up

Being an Olympic gold medalist is already getting routine for former Stanford soccer star Kelley O'Hara.

"The guy I was out to dinner tonight with asked me where my gold medal was. I told him it was in the car," O'Hara said Friday night during the Stanford-Santa Clara women's soccer game, the first live event ever on the Pac-12 Networks. "He was like, 'You can't do that. Go get it right now.' I told him I'm not walking back to my car."

Truth be told, O'Hara is actually soaking in everything about the aftermath of the United States' win over Japan in the gold medal game. She has spent a lot of time sharing her medal with family, friends and -- well -- just about anyone who wants to hold or wear it.

"A lot of people want to hold it and want pictures with it," O'Hara said. "I'm like, 'Go for it. Have fun. Put it on.'"

O'Hara said she hasn't found a permament place for the medal yet, instead simply keeping it in the box it came in.

"I had a freakout when I woke up this morning because I forgot where I put it," she said. "I was rummaging through all my stuff trying to find it. It was in my purse, but I had a split second of sheer terror thinking I lost it."

O'Hara said there was an extra ounce of pride in winning the gold medal because nine of the 18 players on the U.S. National Team are from Pac-12 schools.

"I think it's a testament to what a great athletic conference it is," O'Hara said. "It's an athlete factory. It produces the best in all areas. It was so fun to be at the Olympics and see different Stanford athletes that I competed with."

O'Hara will spend the next four months competing on the U.S. Olympic Team's victory tour, which will see the team play 10 games across the country. She also may provide occassional analysis on the Pac-12 Networks.


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