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  • -My next guest is one of the most decorated

  • American soccer players in history,

  • and she's hoping to win her second gold medal

  • this summer at the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Please welcome Megan Rapinoe.

  • Yeah, that's what I'm talking about!

  • -The crowd goes wild.

  • -The crowd goes wild!

  • I mean, gosh, you've got to be -- you've got to be

  • used to all those crowds.

  • Actually, you have to be used to the non-crowds, too.

  • What was it like playing with with a tiny --

  • with a small crowd?

  • -I mean, I have to admit, I don't love it.

  • You know, I like attention, I have to be honest.

  • So we were able to have, I think it was like 4,000

  • out of, like, 25,000 or something,

  • and it did make a big difference.

  • They cheered their hearts out. But, you know,

  • there were some times where it's just you can kind of hear

  • everything and I don't like it. I like the roar.

  • -You just played your first tournament since the pandemic

  • and you won. What was it like to be back in the field?

  • -You know, a little bit of strange

  • and then a little bit of like,

  • "OK, back to normal, I actually know how to do this.

  • I'm prepared... [ Laughs ] I'm prepared to do this job."

  • -Oh, yeah. Clearly, you haven't missed a beat, pal.

  • You were on fire. It's like watching a magician.

  • I just want to show you something --

  • the pass that everyone's talking about,

  • that you made in the final game. Watch this, everybody.

  • -Megan Rapinoe, and it's really cheeky...

  • -Boop.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -Boop. Oh, my God. -[ Laughs ]

  • -You know, oddly enough,

  • this move in soccer is called a MEG.

  • How much of this is planned and how much of this is luck?

  • -Normally, honestly, I'm on the other end of these MEGs.

  • I think because of my bowlegs, it provides a pretty...

  • a large area. -A target?

  • -A big target, unfortunately, all my teammates can attest.

  • It's kind of a running joke -- I, like, get MEGed all the time.

  • So when I actually get one in --

  • I think I was a little surprised myself, to be honest.

  • -A trailer was just released on International Women's Day

  • for a documentary called "LFG" about your team's fight

  • for equal pay.

  • You said,

  • "If they win, no one wins. If we win, everyone wins."

  • -Yeah, I mean, I think specifically speaking

  • to the lawsuit, you know,

  • if we go through this whole court case

  • and when we go through every level

  • and it ends up that they end up "winning,"

  • we're still in the exact same position.

  • We're not -- [Laughs] We're not going to give up.

  • But I think just in general, and I guess maybe this would be,

  • what I would say to people who are resistant

  • to any sort of equality, like, where's the world going?

  • Like, what are we doing? Who looks bad

  • and who looks good, you know, a couple of years

  • removed from the start of the lawsuit or Colin kneeling

  • or whatever it is?

  • That we're dealing with a form of discrimination.

  • I mean, we're seeing it now with, you know,

  • the NCAA tournament, and the women's basketball

  • had one rack of weights,

  • and obviously they put, you know,

  • a Disneyland full of weights for the men.

  • So it's kind of like, we all know where this is going

  • and we know what is right.

  • It's just a matter of in the moment, you know,

  • taking responsibility and taking accountability

  • and working to create a new path

  • that's fair and equitable for all

  • -Enough, yeah. Fair.

  • Megan, you sent me a package -- I want to say it was a week,

  • two weeks ago, and I was like, "This is so nice.

  • I appreciate this, getting a gift from -- you're my guest,

  • I should be getting you the gift.

  • And I open up the box --

  • it's the first time I've ever received this.

  • You gave me some deodorant.

  • -Yeah. -So, thank you for that.

  • -You're welcome. -It was Schmidt's deodorant.

  • That is so thoughtful.

  • We've never actually been together --

  • how did you know and... [ Laughs ]

  • When did you start working with -- [ Laughs ]

  • -I just know we've been in quarantine a long time.

  • We've all been putting on a decent top for shows,

  • but like, you know, the undershirt

  • is what we've been wearing for days and weeks on end.

  • And, you know, we just -- we needed

  • to make sure that you were right,

  • and we needed to make sure that you are good and smelling fresh,

  • and we didn't want you to have any kind of FOBO.

  • -FOBO? -FOBO.

  • You know, like FOMO, like FOMO's the worst thing ever, right?

  • -You're missing out. -I don't know how you feel.

  • I definitely have a lot of FOBO -- er, FOMO.

  • FOBO is the fear of body odor.

  • So as we start to get back out into society

  • and we start being around each other again,

  • I think people are a little nervous,

  • and we need to have a way to combat this

  • in a nice fresh-smelling scent.

  • -Let's talk about the Olympics. How are you feeling?

  • What are you doing? Are you in --

  • Are you focused in your brain right now? Is it all Olympics?

  • -I'm really looking forward to it.

  • I'm actually really optimistic

  • that we can pull it off and make it really safe.

  • Obviously, with vaccine rollout is finally sort of up

  • and running here in the United States,

  • and hopefully, as we get closer to the Olympics,

  • more people will be vaccinated and athletes and coaches

  • and traveling parties for international athletes

  • and Olympic athletes will be able to all be vaccinated

  • and be able to do this safely.

  • So that's kind of the goal.

  • I think it'll be a really cool world event

  • if we can actually do it

  • and pull everyone together, really, for the first time.

  • So I'm optimistic and it looks like it's going forward.

  • -I can't think of a better person

  • to represent America in the Olympics.

  • What do you want people to know about our country

  • when you're out there playing?

  • -I mean, I think when I pull on the shirt,

  • when I represent the country,

  • especially in a world event,

  • I think I try to represent all the things

  • that we really want to be and that we're striving to be.

  • I think a lot of times we talk about America,

  • land of the free, home of the brave,

  • sort of a world leader,

  • but obviously over the course of 2020 and into 2021,

  • and, you know, just on the heels of a horrible mass shooting

  • in Atlanta again.

  • I hope to represent -- and I hope the team, I think,

  • feels the same way -- to represent

  • the things that we can be and the ideals

  • that we have of equality and treating people equally

  • and having this be the land of opportunity.

  • So, hopefully when I pull on the shirt,

  • I mean, especially being a woman,

  • being a gay athlete, represent that community,

  • but also everyone else who's marginalized

  • and kind of been pushed to the side for a long time.

  • Hopefully we can represent a more inclusive country

  • than we've been in the past.

  • -Megan Rapinoe. Be sure to check out full coverage

  • of the Tokyo Olympics this summer on NBC.

  • Thank you for doing the show, pal.

  • Break a leg.

-My next guest is one of the most decorated

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/20
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