April 8, 2005

USA Soccer Star Julie Foudy Receives Kiphuth Medal

April 8, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Julie Foudy, former co-captain of the two-time Women's World Cup Champion U.S. National Soccer Team and Olympic gold medalist, was presented with the 2005 Kiphuth Medal on Thursday night. She also had the chance to meet with the Yale men's and women's teams and delivered the Kiphuth Fellowship Lecture, entitled Going For the Gold.

Foudy, who retired in 2004 along with Mia Hamm and co-captain Joy Fawcett, was a 17-year veteran of the National Team and appeared in the 1995, 1999, and 2003 Women's World Cup tournaments. She co-captained (along with Carla Overbeck) the famous 1999 team that won the World Cup on a penalty kick, and was a co-captain with Fawcett when the U.S. team successfully defended its World Cup title four years later. In addition, she was a member of the 1996 US Olympic team that won the gold medal in Atlanta and the 2004 team that won in Athens.

After being part of the third-place 1995 World Cup team, Foudy started and played in every minute of the USA's games at the 1996 Olympic Games. She assisted on Shannon MacMillan's sudden death overtime goal to move into the gold medal game, which the US won.

In 1999 at the Women's World Cup, Foudy scored in the opening game against Denmark and added three assists, including one in the team's semifinal game.

"The proudest moment of my career was the 1999 World Cup because no one thought we could pull it off," Foudy said at a press conference prior to the dinner. Foudy remembered that several critics questioned the decision to play the games in large venues. She knew the event was a success when she saw the huge crowds at Giants Stadium and the Rose Bowl.

"People get told too often that `you can't do it' so you never realize your potential," she said. "We didn't listen to the nay-sayers. And we won."

She would score three goals and add seven assists four years later in the 2003 World Cup.

Foudy, who hails from Mission Viejo, Calif., attended college in her home state at Stanford University, where she led the Cardinal to NCAA appearances in each of her four years and was a four-time All-American. She earned Soccer America Freshman of the Year honors in 1989 and College Player of the Year in 1991, and was named to the College Team of the Decade for the 1990s.

In addition to her playing career, Foudy is an active voice in building gender equality in sports as well as combating teen smoking abuse. She is the past president of the Women's Sports Foundation and was named one of the Most Powerful People in sports by The Sporting News. As a player, Foudy was well aware of her team's influence on young girls throughout the country.

"It was always about soccer, but it was also about the bigger picture," she said. "We realized we were role models for young girls." The Kiphuth Fellowship Fund was established in 1970 in the memory of Yale University's legendary swimming coach and Athletic Director, the late Robert J.H. Kiphuth. The Fund provides the opportunity for men and women distinguished in the fields of physical training, sport, sports writing, physiology, literature and the arts to visit the Yale campus.

Robert Kiphuth is one of the most honored names in the history of American and international swimming. He was the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Men's Swimming team in 1936, 1940 and 1948 and also directed the U.S. Women's team in 1928 and 1932. Kiphuth's 1948 Olympic squad was the first team in history to win first place in every event.

Kiphuth's 42-year coaching career at Yale, which spanned the period from 1918 until his retirement in 1959, was remarkable. He had a 528-13 dual-meet record, won 14 NCAA championships and 38 Eastern Intercollegiate championships. He also was the athletic director at Yale from 1946-50.