ROAD TO RIO: U.S. women’s soccer team looks forward to challenge

Still frame from NBC Olympics video

The U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup last year. The women have won the last three Olympic gold medals. So they have seemingly met every challenge put in front of them – except the one they will face in Rio.

“Heading into the 2016 Olympics, they face the reality that no World Cup champion has ever gone on to win the gold medal in the following Olympics,” NBC Sports reporter Todd Harris said. “But if there is a team to do it, the American women have as good a chance as anyone.”

“Come August, they will kick off their campaign for a fourth straight Olympic gold in another soccer mecca of the world. And they couldn’t be more excited for the challenge,” Harris added.

The players know it will be difficult.

“We know, for sure, that the Olympics are not going to be easy. We know there’s very good teams and we have our work cut out for us too, and our ultimate goal, you know, is you want to win. You want to get the gold,” defender Julie Johnston said.

Alex Morgan, a forward on the team, talked about the excitement.

“Knowing just how much Brazil loves soccer is really fun to go from London to Rio. You couldn’t have asked for two better Olympics as a soccer player,” Morgan said.

The Opening Ceremony for the Rio Olympic Games can be seen August 5 on News Channel 8. News Channel 8’s Paul Ryan will be in Rio with live reports during the Olympics, which run from Aug. 5 – 21. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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