UPDATE: Rampone and US Women's Soccer Win Olympic Gold!
The Point Boro H.S. graduate gets another gold in what is her last Olympics
The US Women's Soccer team, including Point Borough High School graduate Christie Rampone, gets the gold in an Olympic re-match with Japan.
The game, aired on NBC Sports, Ch. 69 on Comcast, just ended (4:36 p.m.). Team members are pulling on white T-shirts that say "Greatness Has Been Found" and posing for photos with the American flag.
Rampone, clutching a corner of a flag, ran across the field, with a teammate holding the other side of the country's banner.
The U.S. Women's National Team now has its fourth gold medal and third straight. This was the much-hyped and anticipated re-match with 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup champion Japan in the soccer finale at Wembley Stadium in London.
Rampone, a Monmouth University soccer star and graduate who lives in Manasquan with her husband and two young daughters, is US team captain and plays defense.
To watch a video of Rampone and her coach and teammates talk, in advance, about the game with Japan on the US Soccer website, click here. For avid fans, there are lots of other interviews, videos, stats, rosters and facts on the website.
The match was broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network, NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and streamed on NBC Live Extra.
The USA was coming off a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory against Canada on Monday, while Japan defeated France 2-1 in the other semifinal match.
Rampone, 37, has said, in an interview with Patch last year, that this is her last Olympics, but that she will continue to play in the U.S. Read the interview for Rampone's reflections on the coaches and parents who told her she would never make it as a soccer player, as well as the coaches, family and friends who always supported her.