Krieger makes Body Issue about spirit as well as skin
The body that Ali Krieger is displaying to the world in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue when it hits newsstands July 10 is one that has been to the brink and back.
The U.S. women’s national team and Washington Spirit defender nearly died in college, when blood clots in her leg almost cost Krieger her life. Krieger, a Virginia native and former All-Met Player of the Year, went through the ordeal when she broke her leg playing against a men’s club team at Penn State.
She talked about it in her interview with ESPN The Magazine.
“I once thought I would never be able to kick a ball again,” Krieger said. “I was flying over Christmas break, and I had blood clots inmy leg and inmy lungs. I didn’t know at the time, but I wasn’t feeling right. I couldn’t even go to the bathroom without feeling out of breath. When I went to the doctor they told me it was a good thing I came in, because if I would have gone to sleep that night, I probably would never have woken up.”
And though she values her strength as an athlete, Krieger also acknowledges it’s important to show vulnerability.
“I’m proud of my body, I’m proud ofmy sport, I’m proud of being a female athlete. Being naked is just another aspect of that. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s honest.”
Overall, Krieger discusses growing up, family and life after soccer.
In the past, her teammates Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach have all appeared in the Body Issue. Alex Morgan appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition last year.