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From Fetzer To Finley: Carolina Blue Olympics

Here we are on the eve of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Six former Tar Heel women’s soccer players will be on full rosters at this year’s Olympics and two more will be in Rio as U.S. Team alternates. The six active players bring the overall participation of UNC players in six Olympic Games to 33. That’s an astounding number. (GoHeels.com)

Tobin Heath embracing leadership role with USA women's soccer ahead of third Olympic Games

Tobin Heath is now one of the most seasoned veterans on the U.S. team. She has earned two Olympic Gold medals, won the 2015 Women's World Cup and holds an NWSL title with the Portland Thorns. She has evolved into a leader on and off the field, and as she prepares to compete in her third Olympics, she recognizes her responsibility as a role model. (Oregon Live)

East Brunswick Cheers for Hometown Girl Heather O’Reilly in Rio Olympics

At this point, the Olympic games may be old hat for Heather O'Reilly. But that's not stopping East Brunswick from cheering for her as loudly as ever. O'Reilly is hometown soccer phenom, who wowed them on the fields when she was a student at East Brunswick High School, which she graduated from in 2003. (Patch.com)

A look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels

I decided to take a look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels (either athletes or those associated with Tar Heel athletics). Charles Kuralt's Bicentennial Speech, Roy Williams' 2009 Locker Room Speech, Marcus Paige’s Senior Speech, Stuart Scott’s Jimmy V Award Speech, Anson Dorrance's Speech on Mia Hamm. (Tar Heel Blog)

Who is Allie Long?

Get to know Northport native Allie Long, who will be competing in the Rio Olympics as a member of the U.S. Olympic women's soccer team....Long earned a scholarship to Penn State, where she had 10 goals and 10 assists in two seasons before transferring to North Carolina. She was part of the Tar Heels’ national championship team in her senior season. (Newsday)

Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg among U.S. Women's National Team players featured in animated shorts

The U.S. Women's National Team is getting animated. U.S. Soccer recently released a series of animated video shorts featuring the 18 players on the 2016 Olympic roster. Portland Thorns players Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, Lindsey Horan and Allie Long are all featured in the "WNT Animated" series. (OregonLive.com)

Five UNC Student-Athletes Will Gain Journalism Experience At Olympics

Five UNC student-athletes are headed to the Summer Olympics in Brazil Thursday as part of a team that’s pursuing career success instead of athletic acclaim. They’re among 29 students from the UNC School of Media and Journalism that participating in a one-month internship with Olympic News Services during the 2016 Games. (GoHeels.com)

Chucky Brown bleeds red & white, but his daughter is headed to UNC

Chucky Brown played college basketball at NC State. He went onto have a long NBA career. On Wednesday we found out Chucky’s oldest daughter will not follow in his footsteps. Izzy Brown has to decided to play soccer at UNC. Izzy is a rising sophomore at Green Hope High School. She chose the Tar Heels over the Wolfpack and Wake Forest. (WWAY)

Seventeen Tar Heels In 2016 Olympics

Beginning Aug. 5, athletes from the around the world travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete in the Summer Olympics. And 17 of those athletes are Tar Heels. Representing the United States, Turkey, India and New Zealand, former UNC student-athletes will contend for medals in track and field, field hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s soccer. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Olympic sports and the impact of the ACC Network

As Cunningham says in the video above, the ACC Network will give the Olympic teams at UNC much more exposure. The network will allow for fans, family, and recruits to watch these teams from anywhere in the world. This certainly will help in recruiting new athletes. It will show recruits, who may not be able to easily get to Chapel Hill, all that UNC has to offer. (Tar Heel Blog)

After World Cup snub, USA's Crystal Dunn braced for major Olympic role

Crystal Dunn worked to improve the deficiencies that kept her off the World Cup team and earned her way back onto the roster late last year. When the U.S. starts its campaign to become the first reigning Women’s World Cup champion to win Olympic gold, Dunn—with nine international goals and four assists in ’16—will be one of the team’s most dangerous threats. (Sports Illustrated)

The Gold Standard: Leadership Lessons From U.S. Soccer Star Heather O’Reilly

A winner and a leader at every level. U.S. Soccer star Heather O’Reilly is a World Cup Champion, a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist. She won a Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) League Championship, two NCAA National Championships, and a New Jersey state title in high school. Beyond the championships she has won, O’Reilly is also known for her exceptional leadership, grit, and determination. (Huffington Post)

Pittsburgh Native Soccer Star Meghan Klingenberg Is Ready For Rio

In 2012, Pine-Richland graduate Meghan Klingenberg served as an alternate for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer team. This year in Rio de Janeiro, Klingenberg will have the opportunity to be on the medal stand. “Being able to compete with them this time on the field and be in the locker room and be a part of the team is really special to me.” (WESA)

UNC will be well represented at the Olympics

When the 2016 Olympics kick off, UNC will be well represented with a mix of Olympic veterans and first timers. Some will earn a medal, and others unfortunately will not. Regardless, some of these events represent the pinnacle of their given sport, and they should all be commended. These athletes will proudly display the colors of their home countries. (Tar Heel Blog)

Crystal Dunn Poised To Become Next Star Of U.S. Women’s Soccer

When the Americans head to Rio de Janeiro in August to pursue a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal, the heartache that came with missing out on the World Cup can finally go away for Crystal Dunn. After a year in which she broke out as the top goal-scorer in the NWSL, Dunn has also emerged as one of the USWNT’s most important young players. (Huffington Post)

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