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“Rapinoe's 'signature pose' from the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is synonymous to the feeling we got when finishing this book: heart full, arms wide and ready to take up space in this world.”—USA Today
Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion, reveals for the first time her life both on and off the field. Guided by her personal journey into social justice, brimming with humor, humanity, and joy, she urges all of us to ask ourselves, What will you do with your one life?
Only four years old when she kicked her first soccer ball, Megan Rapinoe developed a love – and clear talent – for the game at a young age. But it was her parents who taught her that winning was much less important than how she lived her life. From childhood on, Rapinoe always did what she could to stand up for what was right—even if it meant going up against people who disagreed.
In One Life, Megan Rapinoe invites readers on a remarkable journey, looking back on both her victories and her failures, and pulls back the curtain on events we know only from the headlines. After the 2011 World Cup, discouraged by how few athletes were open about their sexuality, Rapinoe decided to come out publicly as gay and use her platform to advocate for marriage equality. Recognizing the power she had to bring attention to critical issues, in 2016 she took a knee during the national anthem in solidarity with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick to protest racial injustice and police brutality—the first high-profile white athlete to do so. The backlash was immediate, but it couldn’t compare to the overwhelming support. Rapinoe became a force of change.
Here for the first time, Rapinoe reflects upon some of the most pivotal moments in her life and career – from her realization in college that she was gay, through the disputes with soccer coaches and officials over her decision to kneel, to the first time she met her now-fiancé WNBA champion Sue Bird, and up through suing the US Soccer Federation over gender discrimination and equal pay. Throughout, Rapinoe makes clear the obligation we all have to speak up, and the impact each of us can have on our communities. Deeply personal and inspiring, One Life reveals that real, concrete change lies within all of us, and asks: If we all have the same resource—this one precious life, made up of the decisions we make every day—what are you going to do?
"One Life makes it clear that Rapinoe’s greatest accomplishments may ultimately come away from the soccer pitch. She’s a new kind of American hero."—San Francisco Chronicle
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From her pink hair to her outspoken activism to her scorching talent on the soccer pitch, Megan Rapinoe is a superstar. In her wonderful and honest memoir, she takes us along on her incredible journey, from crowding into her family’s minivan on match day to accepting the World Cup’s best-player trophy in Paris. We were riveted by Rapinoe’s story about choosing to kneel during the national anthem at a 2016 match, knowing full well it would make her a lightning rod for media controversy and social-media death threats. That same passion shines through whenever the soccer star writes about her activism—not just about challenges she faces as a queer woman, but also her involvement on issues like prison reform and racism. We also appreciate the way Rapinoe remembers to consistently acknowledge her own privilege as a celebrity. One Life is an inspiring read about achieving greatness—and then using that greatness to help others.
In this sweeping and impassioned memoir, U.S. soccer star Rapinoe recounts her extraordinary athletic career and her path to becoming a global social activist. A Northern California native, Rapinoe shares fond memories of playing soccer as a child and in high school, followed by her scholarship to Portland University in the 2000s. After earning a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team and winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, she went on to two Women's World Cup victories in 2015 and 2019. The narrative is nicely shaped by co-writer Brockes and mixes Rapinoe's on-field experiences with those from her private life, including her coming out in 2012 and her relationships with former teammate Abby Wambach and WNBA player Sue Bird. Rapinoe also discusses issues of social justice, among them her fight for pay equity with the U.S. Men's National Team and her decision in 2016 to kneel during the national anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. "Real change lies within all of us," she writes, "it is in the choices we make every day." Rapinoe's passion for inclusion and equality shines throughout this appealing book, and her hard-won take on the intersection of sports and activism isn't to be missed.
Soccer has given her a platform to advocate for fairness which reveals her courage and patriotism.
Luv it! Thank you! Let's go! Very well written & expertly crafted book
Beyond a Champion
I spent the first 35 years of my life not even understanding the rules of soccer beyond “put the ball in then goal.” But my daughter has taught me the game and how to love it. I’m thankful she has strong women like Megan Rapinoe to look up to. Women who are great on the field and off. Who are humble enough to write a book like this acknowledging the difficulties of “growing up” as an adult under the microscope. I congratulate Megan on her engagement and thank her for her service to this country and humanity as a national team member. This book was well written and a great way to get to know her.