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It Is Megan Rapinoe’s World Cup Now, And For Far More Than Her Play On The Field

By Greg Cote
The Miami Herald

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Greg Cote takes a look at how Megan Rapinoe is captivating hearts and minds with her amazing talent on the field and outspoken activism off the turf.

The Miami Herald

Megan Rapinoe is not afraid of a fight. Not afraid of expectations, any opponent, criticism, controversy or the president of the United States. It is her World Cup now. She is the most important athlete on the planet at the moment, a woman in full power, on a mission, carrying her team, taking on the world.

It is a rather awesome thing to see.

There is the photograph that became instantly iconic the moment it was shot on Friday in France: Rapinoe, after a goal, arms outstretched high, palms up, head cocked back with tight-lipped satisfaction across her face — a woman in all her glory. Miss America.

Celebrate it or deal with it — depending on your politics, I suppose, or how you feel about equal rights and such.

Life is complicated, and the times are challenging, and so Rapinoe is not just the soccer star who has scored her team’s last four goals and led America into the World Cup semifinals Tuesday vs. England. Nor does she wish to be only that, or pretend to be.

She is an outspoken gay activist with purple hair (depending on her whim).

She stands with Colin Kaepernick for social justice, except that instead of being blackballed from her sport, she is dominating it on its grandest stage.

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