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My Greatest Save: The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey of a World Champion Goalkeeper

My Greatest Save: The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey of a World Champion Goalkeeper

My Greatest Save: The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey of a World Champion Goalkeeper

My Greatest Save: The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey of a World Champion Goalkeeper

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Overview

A deeply moving and painfully honest memoir from the trailblazing, World Cup–winning, Olympic gold medalist, and US Women’s soccer goalie Briana Scurry

Briana Scurry was a pioneer on the US Women’s National Team. She won gold in Atlanta in 1996, the first time women’s soccer was ever played in the Olympics. She was a key part of the fabled “99ers,” making an epic save in the decisive penalty-kick shootout in the final. Scurry captured her second Olympic gold in 2004, cementing her status as one of the premier players in the world. She was the only Black player on the team, and she was also the first player to be openly gay. It was a singularly amazing ride, one that Scurry handled with her trademark generosity and class—qualities that made her one of the most popular players ever to wear a US jersey.


But Scurry’s storybook career ended in 2010 when a knee to the head left her with severe head trauma. She was labeled “temporarily totally disabled,” and the reality was even worse. She spiraled into depression, debt, and endured such pain that she closed out her closest friends and soccer soulmates. She pawned her gold medals. She walked to the edge of a waterfall and contemplated suicide. It seemed like the only way out until Scurry made her greatest save of all.

A memoir of startling candor, My Greatest Save is a story of triumph, tragedy, and redemption from a woman who has broken through barriers her entire life.



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ISBN-13: 9781647005481
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 06/21/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 374,389
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Briana Scurry is one of the greatest players of the US Women's National Soccer team. Her epic contributions to her sport and her country are recognized in a permanent exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Wayne Coffey is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including bestsellers The Closer (with Mariano Rivera) and When Nobody Was Watching (with Carli Lloyd).

Table of Contents

Foreword Robin Roberts 1

Prologue 5

Chapter 1 My People 19

Chapter 2 Searching 31

Chapter 3 Swimming with the Minnows 45

Chapter 4 College Girl 59

Chapter 5 Going National 77

Chapter 6 World Cupper 91

Chapter 7 Debutantes 105

Chapter 8 Golden Girls 115

Chapter 9 Full Houses 127

Chapter 10 "This Is the One" 141

Chapter 11 Sit and Weight 151

Chapter 12 Losing Pops 161

Chapter 13 Gold Never Gets Old 175

Chapter 14 Team Turmoil 193

Chapter 15 Brokenness 209

Chapter 16 Bottoming Out 219

Chapter 17 Rising 231

Chapter 18 The Gift 239

Index 269

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