WOMEN

This Is 40

The United States' Christie Rampone, center, Shannon Boxx, right, and Lori Chalupny, celebrate after beating Brazil 1-0 in th
The United States' Christie Rampone, center, Shannon Boxx, right, and Lori Chalupny, celebrate after beating Brazil 1-0 in the women's soccer gold medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

The number thing. I’ll be honest, the number thing gets to me a little bit.

This month during the World Cup, you’ll hear it again and again — from analysts, commentators, fans.

First my name, then my age.

Christie Rampone, who is turning 40 years old soon.

Every time I get interviewed, the first questions are “How are you feeling?” and “How’s your body holding up?” and “It’s your fifth World Cup, how are you staying in shape?” Or some variation of those.

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