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Carli Lloyd: The evolution of a star

Carli Lloyd is an Olympic hero, but still an unsung hero. (USA Today Images)

Carli Lloyd is an Olympic hero, but still an unsung hero. (USA Today Images)

Carli Lloyd has scored the game-winning goal in the last two Olympic gold-medal matches for the three-time defending Olympic champions, the United States women’s national team.

But despite her heroism, Lloyd is still largely overshadowed on a U.S. team that features stars like Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe.

Lloyd still strives to prove the naysayers wrong, and she is still getting getting better at age 32. Her road to this point, however, was a rough one. Her fitness was poor, she was benched on several occasions and she thought about quitting before ever making it.

The next goal, of course, is the 2015 World Cup.

Here’s my story about Lloyd’s career on NBC Sports’ new longform writing website, NBCSportworld:

Carli Lloyd: A star (still) in the making

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