Flame Bearers Special Edition: U.S. Women's Soccer Originals

As the world tunes in for the ninth Women’s World Cup, it’s hard to imagine a time when professional women’s soccer didn’t exist. In 1985, 17 of the b…
Aug 16th, 2023 | 29:59

Special Edition: U.S. Women's Soccer Originals (Kim Wyant)

Kim Wyant is used to being the first. She recorded the first USWNT goalkeeper win, the first shutout, the first anterior ACL injury (was the first goalie to be replaced by a field player, shoutout Lori Henry), was one of the first female BMX riders, and as of eight years ago (in 2015) became the only female head coach of an NCAA men’s soccer team (things have changed as we'll hear...) Needless to say, Kim is a Flame Bearer in so many ways. Today we sit down with Kim to discuss her journey, and Michelle reflects on joining Kim at the University of Central Florida. "Kim, seeing you as a player was the first time I saw a female flying and getting into the upper 90s," Michelle shares. Kim reflects on how the game has changed, "Women's soccer back then was literally a soccer desert." Daughters, Danielle and Alex share what their Mom's career means to them. Contributing experts include Kim's daughters, Danielle and Alex. Media used in this production: -38 years after making history, first USWNT to be honored at Asheville City regular season finale, Chris Womack, June 29th 2023, -The Forgotten Early History of Women’s Soccer, Laurent Dubois, January 22, 2016 -ESPN YouTube Channel, 'USWNT win the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage | 2023 ESPYS (📍 @CapitalOne)'