ESPYS Interview Series: Brandi Chastain

July, 10, 2012
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Brandi ChastainRoberto Schmidt/Getty ImagesBrandi Chastain celebrates after scoring the game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup.
Typically, a superstar is a person who has a special talent or defining moment that sends him/her to "superstar status."

For soccer phenom Brandi Chastain, her defining moment was at the 1999 Women's World Cup. Her bra-baring celebration after nailing a game-winning penalty kick against China is forever branded in our minds. With a humbled heart, a giving spirit and more than 17,000 followers on Twitter, Chastain insists the most gratifying part of being a superstar is the opportunity to give back.

What's your most memorable moment from the awards?

"In 2000, when we went to the ESPYS as a team. We were nominated for Most Outstanding Team that year. Seeing our entire team all dressed up was pretty memorable, because we always see each other sweat. It was fun! Women's soccer isn't something that's always in the spotlight, so the exposure was great."

What's one of the best sport moments you've experienced?

"When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. The sad thing about that for me is my grandfather passed away right before they won. He was a huge Giants fan, watched every game religiously and wore his Giants hat he's had for at least 30 years. I actually got to throw out the first pitch a few times for the Giants and one time he came with me. He got to stand with me on the mound while I threw out the pitch, and I don't think I've seen a grown man as excited as my grandfather was to be on the field at AT&T Park. It made him so happy. For me, it was a wonderful moment. I had excelled in my sport, and it gave me a chance to bring him down to the field, in front of a team that he had been cheering on his entire life."

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