Friday, August 1, 2008

Pia lets it go

As any competitive athlete would likely be, Briana Scurry wasn't happy about being left off the Olympic roster. She said as much to certain media.

Another coach might have taken offense to being second-guessed, might have avoided working with Scurry or deemed her presence a negative distraction to the players who were picked over her.

Pia Sundhage named Scurry to the alternate list. Scurry is actually in China, training and traveling with the US women's squad, though obviously unlikely to take part in any games. "Force majeure" would have to happen first.

Scurry worked long and hard for her opportunity. She's not getting a chance at Olympic gold because sports is a tough world where cuts have to be made. She was upset and she said her piece.

As far as I can tell, Pia didn't take it personally. She moved on.

1 comment:

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

a.c., this is why hiring Sundhage was the best move the federation could make. Sundhage has no history w/anybody on the WNT, so she can make decisions more freely. Also, it's obvious that Sundhage is a far more mature person emotionally than Greg Ryan.

Scurry has no reason to complain. She twice won Olympic gold; few athletes get to do that. Sure, I understand her competitive nature; it's what made her excel for so long. But she should also realize that her time has passed and she should gracefully let go.