Olympic Faces: Lotta Schelin

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Olympic Faces: Lotta Schelin

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As the world’s best athletes descend on Rio for the Summer Olympics, Umgås will highlight some of Sweden’s best and brightest.

Today, we take a look at Lotta Schelin.

Sport – Women’s Soccer

Vitals – 32 years old…from Trångsund, Sweden…striker who joined Sweden’s national team in 2004

Why You Should Watch – Sweden’s all-time leading scorer, Schelin was named the fifth-best player in the Women’s World Cup by a panel of espnW voters in 2015. She leads a talented squad coached by former United States coach Pia Sundhage that has a tough Group E draw with Brazil (and Marta), China and South Africa. While the United States is the favorite for gold, Sweden or Brazil could challenge for a medal.

Will the Swedes dance? – Schelin talked about Sweden’s dance and a big win over the United States in this 2015 FIFA video.

Getting Social – Schelin is on Twitter and Instagram.

Editor’s note: The Swedish women’s soccer team won its first match against South Africa today, 1-0.

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