TOKYO - On the biggest international stage in the world of sports, former Shattuck-St. Mary’s Girls Soccer Center of Excellence member Julia Roddar ’10 and Team Sweden earned the silver medal after a hard fought battle with Team Canada in the gold medal women’s soccer game at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Team Sweden, who came into the Olympics ranked fifth in the world, started off their run with a bang when they defeated the United States Women’s National Team 3-0 in their very first game, breaking the USA’s 44-match unbeaten streak. From there, the wins stacked up as they defeated Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Australia (again), securing their spot in the gold medal game.
The 2020 Olympics marked Roddar’s first Olympic games, but not her first time on the international stage. Roddar won bronze with Team Sweden at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and also played for the Sweden National Under-15, Under-17, and Under-19 teams when she was younger. Roddar is also now the second former Shattuck-St. Mary's Sabre to medal in the summer Olympics, preceded by Chealsa Stewart ’08, who won bronze with Team Canada in women’s soccer in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
"When Julia made the decision to attend Shattuck-St. Mary’s, she was looking for an opportunity to grow as a person and athlete,” said SSM Athletic Director Michele Cornish. “Through hard work and dedication to her craft, she is now an Olympic silver medalist for the Swedish Women’s Soccer team! I’m certain that her shining example of what is possible when an athlete dreams big and works tirelessly to achieve goals will inspire a new generation of players to consider SSM as a part of their soccer future, and motivate our current student athletes to work even harder!”
Roddar, who hails from Falun, Sweden, is a current member of the Washington Spirit out of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
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