GOAL caught up with the two World Cup winners to discuss their show and their plan to redefine coverage of women’s sports.
At some point in the leadup to the World Cup this summer, both Tobin Heath and Christen Press had to acknowledge and accept the fact that they wouldn’t be there with the U.S. women’s national team. Injuries had robbed them of their chance to make a push for a third consecutive World Cup title, with both being key members of the teams that won in both 2015 and 2019.
So what did they do instead? They simply turned their focus toward an even more ambitious goal, one that has been in the back of their minds for some time. You see, with setbacks comes opportunity, and with the loss of a World Cup, Heath and Press can now solely focus on changing the way women’s sports are covered forever.
Four years ago, Heath, Press, Megan Rapinoe and Meghan Klingenberg united to create re-inc, a lifestyle brand aiming to lead the conversation surrounding women’s sports. This summer, re-inc unleashed The RE-CAP Show, starring Heath and Press, to breakdown the USWNT’s road through the World Cup.
But this isn’t a one-off or something for the two to use the pass the time until they’re healthy again. Both Heath and Press are in this for the long haul. They have goals that extend far beyond a World Cup summer.
“Even when we’ve done interviews and stuff, we’ve always just been seen as talent,” Heath tells GOAL, “but to be seen as actually the creators and the business owners is a massive step in changing the landscape of media. Media is being shaken up all over the place, and sports, for sure, is a big part of that.
“We always felt that, with women’s sports, there was this idea of a sports house and women’s sports got the guest room or the addition or like the garage of the house, right? We never really fit into it and we were always kind of like playing second fiddle until like a big thing like the World Cup, and even then, it’s like we just felt like it didn’t really represent us to the fullest. We thought we were very much pushed through a very small lens of what a women’s athlete is. We have this massive opportunity this summer to be a part of the solution of that.”
GOAL caught up with Heath and Press to discuss their thoughts on the World Cup, their adjustment to life in the studio and how they plan to define “gal culture” to the rest of the world.