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Brandi Chastain Q&A


BRANDI CHASTAIN became a household name and one of


the most recognizable faces in women’s sports in 1999 after her penalty kick clinched the World Cup for the U.S. soccer team. Her shirt-baring celebration in front of 90,000 fans in Pasadena and thousands more around the world resulted in an iconic image that graced the cover of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated. Her life changed immediately and the skill and grace with


which the team captured the World Cup advanced women’s sports at home and worldwide. Now retired from soccer, the 42-year-old channels her competitive energy into golf. The San Jose Country Club member is still perfecting the trade; the current 13 index enjoys playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and other celebrity golf events in be- tween stints with ESPN as a soccer analyst. Her ties to the area run deep with a degree from Santa


Clara, where her husband is the current women’s soccer coach. The mother of two was polite and energetic during the inter- view and only had a small window of time before they were calling her name on the fi rst tee. –Hilary Heieck


How would you describe your golf game? My game is a bit sporadic right now. I’m not playing as much as I’d like to be playing and sometimes the shots aren’t always exactly where I want them to go. •••





The funny thing is that the actual quiet of golf bothers me more than most things that might happen that could be distracting.


” 48 / NCGA.ORG / SUMMER 2011


How often do you play? Right now it’s once a week, but with my work at the World Cup in Germany I will miss a lot of golf. When everything’s going right I’ll play up to three, four or fi ve times a week. ••• You play in celebrity tourna- ments, any fi rst-tee jitters? I think now I may be immune to


that and it is an advantage I have over somebody who has never played in a big stadium or when people are watching. I’ve learned how that can go away with focus. I have to say, though, the fi rst time I played the AT&T at Pebble Beach, my heart was going a bit for sure on that fi rst hole. •••


Anything you can draw from in soccer that helps you in golf? Absolutely. In ’96, we started working with a sports psycholo- gist before the Olympics in At- lanta. We approached soccer the way most people and most teams do, which is from a physical standpoint. But we started work-


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