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Kristine Lilly

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameKristine Marie•Lilly (-Heavey)
Used nameKristine•Lilly
Born22 July 1971 in New York, New York (USA)
Measurements160 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsDelaware Genies/Boston Breakers
NOC United States

Biography

Kristine Lilly played for the USA football (soccer) team at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics, winning gold medals in 1996 and 2004 and a bronze medal in 2000. She also competed at five FIFA World Cups, helping the USA win the title in 1991 and 1999 and earning bronze medals in 1995, 2003, and 2007. This made her the first woman, and third man or woman, to compete in five World Cups. She was on the US National Team from 1987-2010, earning 354 caps and scoring 130 goals. The 354 international caps is a record for the sport by either a man or woman.

Lilly played in college at the University of North Carolina, leading them to four consecutive NCAA titles. She won the Hermann Award as a junior signifying the top player in college soccer. UNC retired her #15 jersey.

Lilly played professionally from 1994-2011. She started in Sweden with Tyresö FF in 1994, and then played a year of indoor soccer with the Washington Warthogs. She later played for the Delaware Genies in 1998, and was with the Boston Breakers from 2001-03 and 2009-11. She also played another year in Sweden, with KIF Örebro DFF in 2005.

Kristine Lilly became a coach, serving as an assistant with the Boston Breakers beginning in 2012. She and her family settled in the Boston area.

Results

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

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