Jill Ellis did a pretty good job preparing for last summer's Women's World Cup in Canada. And that showed when she led her U.S. team on an unbeaten run to its first title in 16 years.
But she was less prepared for what came next: a parade through Manhattan, a 10-game "Victory Tour" that is taking her team from Orlando to Oahu, and the unsettling experience of being recognized every time she leaves her South Miami home.
"It's one of those moments where you don't imagine what it's going to be like," Ellis said. "I mean, you imagine lifting the trophy. But you don't imagine the aftermath. It's been a whirlwind."
That whirlwind might slow in the...