LONDON – She’s the Paul Henderson or Sidney Crosby of the Canadian women’s Olympic soccer team.
Little Diana Matheson (she can’t be five feet tall) is also funny.
Some of the players were available to the media Friday morning and one of the questions was about what kept each of them going through the down times of the Canadian program (they finished last in the World Cup last summer).
The women were very articulate in explaining their motivations.
“It was the drive to see how good we could get personally, how good we could get as a team. I think (coach) John (Herdman) and his staff was a huge part of that and helped us get better in ways that we didn’t even know we could get better. It’s been a really fun journey and it’s an amazing group. Just being together as much as possible,” said Matheson, before deadpanning: “and having no other career plans.”
That brought a laugh from everybody in the room.