, the United States
' top soccer
player, was unable to attend the opening ceremony
of the Tokyo Olympics
on Friday, but she was present in spirit.
Rapinoe and teammate Abby Dahlkemper were filmed simulating a march into an imaginary Olympic stadium while dressed in their opening ceremony uniforms, and Rapinoe even pretended to carry the flag as girlfriend Sue Bird would in the actual ceremony.
Rapinoe as Sue Bird (via @USWNT) pic.twitter.com/Yr2n4g4bo4 — ESPN
(@espn) July 23, 2021
The United States team, which was thrashed by Sweden
in their first game, now faces a must-win game against New Zealand
on Saturday in order to advance beyond group play, as preparations for that competition prevented the Americans from attending the opening ceremony.
But there was still time
to celebrate their Olympic status.