The U.S. women’s soccer team is the feel good story of the moment. However, while many of the players were unknown to most of us less than a week ago, they have been working hard for a long time. Nike, one of the team’s sponsors, has been putting together a series of videos called “Pressure Makes Us” since the team selection process began last September in Atlanta.
Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi famously said that “fatigue makes cowards of us all” and that football games in November were often won in July. These three videos of the U.S. team’s training and conditioning shows that to some degree the games during the last few weeks in Germany were won last fall and winter.