BRANDI CHASTAIN

Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Artist: Brian Hanlon

Brandi Chastain, also known as the Golden Ball winner of the World Cup in 1999, is the woman who made the penalty kick that served as the winning moment for the 1999 squad. Chastain and her trailblazing teammates, helped inspire countless girls to pursue their athletic dreams. Pasadena City Councilwoman Margaret McAustin said “The importance of the 1999 victory to sports and to women cannot be overstated, without the work done by the 1999 Women’s World Cup team, victory in 2019 simply wouldn’t have been possible.”

You can find her statue made by Brian Hanlon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It recreates the famous moment Chastain dropped to her knees to celebrate her World Cup-winning penalty kick. “When I think about this moment and I think about that ’99 team,” Chastain said, “a few words come to mind: friendship, teamwork, grit, competitiveness, laughter, love, strength, resiliency and, ultimately, inclusion. And I feel that that last word is where we are now.”