Pittsburgh-area women will represent U.S.A. in Rio

Hopewell High school and Penn State alumni, Christa Harmotto-Dietzen and Pine Richland high school alumni Meghan Klingenberg have been chosen to represent the U.S.A.at the 2016 Olympic games.

30-year-old Dietzen made her Olympic debut in London in 2012 after serving on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and playing professionally in Italy, China and Turkey.

Klingenberg is a 28 year-old soccer player, who served as an alternate in the 2012 Olympics, and was a key member of the 2015 Women’s World Cup winning team.

Both women are talented and ambitious with impressive resumes.

Dietzen has expressed her determination to win gold in Rio, but according to Upward Sports’ website, she is also concentrating on long-term goals.

“I will most likely retire shortly after the 2016 Olympics.  I am enjoying the present opportunity I have with this program and will set new goals once this chapter is finished.  God willing, there will be children in the coming years.”

Klingenberg’s long-term goals seem to be mentoring and influencing the younger female generation of soccer players.

“Now I feel that I have this platform and this opportunity to give back to my community, to enrich young people’s lives, do things that I haven’t been able to do before. That’s all pretty cool stuff.” she told ESPN-W.

Although currently both women are focused on winning gold for the U.S. in Rio. Good luck ladies!

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