Fri, September 20, 2013

Eight facts about Canadian Olympic soccer hero Diana Matheson

By QMI Agency


Canada's Brittany Timko, Rhian Wilkinson and Christine Sinclair celebrate with teammate Diana Matheson after Matheson scored the winning goal to beat France 1-0 and win the soccer bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games Thursday. (AL CHAREST/QMI AGENCY)


Diana Matheson's last-minute goal to seal Canada's 1-0 soccer win over France in the Olympic bronze-medal game is a moment sports fans nationwide won't soon forget.

But let's be honest — most Canadians don't know much about the stunning goal-scorer herself. So, with that in mind, here are eight facts on the player wearing No. 8 — the Gr8 One, as of this morning — to help you appreciate Diana Matheson a little more.

  • From Oakville, Ont.
  • Turned 28 on April 6
  • Debuted for Canada in 2003
  • Played on the team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Holds the record for the most consecutive senior international appearances by a Canadian woman (45)
  • Played pro in Norway in 2008 to 2010
  • Studied economics at Princeton University
  • Was named Princeton's player of the year in 2008

Here's what the Twitterverse has been saying about Matheson's heroics: