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Brandi Chastain

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameBrandi Denise•Chastain
Used nameBrandi•Chastain
Born21 July 1968 in San José, California (USA)
Measurements171 cm / 58 kg
AffiliationsCalifornia Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Although she played in three Olympic finals, Brandi Chastain is best remembered for the 1999 World Cup final. In front of her home crowd, she scored the deciding penalty kick against China, and celebrated by taking off her shirt. Photographs of Chastain in her sports bra were featured on the front of magazines and newspapers world wide. In addition to that victory, defender Chastain also played on the team that won the inaugural women’s World Cup in 1991, and won Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004. Chastain began her college career at U Cal Berkeley in 1986, but sat out 1987-88 after ACL surgery, and then transferred to the University of Santa Clara. She led the Broncos to two Final Four appearances during her two years at Santa Clara. She later played for Skiroki Serena in Japan, and in American professional leagues, for the San Jose CyberRays and California Storm. During her long career, she was capped 192 times, scoring 30 goals. She retired from the national team in 2004, and was a football analyst for NBC during the 2008 Olympics.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1996 Summer Olympics Football (Football) USA Brandi Chastain
Football, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
2000 Summer Olympics Football (Football) USA Brandi Chastain
Football, Women (Olympic) United States 2 Silver
2004 Summer Olympics Football (Football) USA Brandi Chastain
Football, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

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