Thankful for the journey: Olympic Gold medalist Shannon Boxx discusses

/ by Jamie Hudson
Presented By Toyota

Three-time Olympic gold medalist in soccer, Shannon Boxx, recalled how her workouts and journey to making the Olympics meant she missed a lot growing up when it came to seeing her friends and family.

As an American retired defensive midfielder and former member of the United States women's national soccer team, Boxx explained “the journey was so worth it. I didn’t want to get out of bed sometimes. I didn’t want to go workout.”

I missed weddings, I missed people’s major events, but because I was doing what I loved and my family was in the stands, I was able to take that deep breath and really thank the people around me.

Shannon Boxx

While thanking her family, coaches, and teammates, she reminisced about her first Summer Olympics in 2004.

An experience she’ll never forget. 

First time I walked on the field for the Olympics, wearing that National Team jersey, I was just in awe. I couldn’t believe that I was there.

Shannon Boxx

The now 44-year-old won gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics, and 2012 London Olympics.

Following a draw vs. Brazil for USWNT in a 2015 Victory Tour friendly, Boxx retired as the Olympic qualifying neared.  

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