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Fri, Mar 7, 2014
Olympic Dreams Crushed For Local Soccer Player
By Katie DeLong
The Summer Olympics kick off Friday in Beijing. Imagine training to compete…only to be injured. That’s what happened to a local soccer player. Leslie Osborne was a star soccer player at Catholic Memorial High School and Santa Clara University. She was all set to be in her very first Olympics, but then, something happened at practice. “Part of my body wanted to go one way, and the other part went the other way, and I heard a pop. It was the loudest noise I’ve ever heard,” Osborne said. Leslie tore her ACL, a major knee injury. Her Olympic dream was over. "I didn't cry, actually I haven't cried since then. It should have hit me by now but for some reason I feel like it was meant to happen,” Osborne said. She will rehab in California and watch the games from afar. "Talk about the worst timing ever, to never have a knee injury my whole entire career and now this, it's crazy, to watch them play out there will be very interesting for me,” Osborne said. Her goal is now set on 2012. In the meantime, she has something to say to all of Wisconsin. "I can't wait to be back there and to thank everyone for all the support that Wisconsin’s given me especially at a time like this, people contacted me and reached out, that means more to me than anything,” Osborne said. Keep an eye out for this Wisconsinite in the future. Osborne believes the U.S. has a good chance to win the gold.