Christina Julien was left off Canada's Olympic roster. File photo
By Dan Plouffe
Ottawa Fury youth academy graduate Christina Julien's name was not on the list of 18 players officially selected to compete for the Canadian national women's soccer team at the London 2012 Olympic Games, which was announced on June 25.
"Even though I feel like I got the wind knocked out of me, I know (the Canadian women's national team) will do work at the Olympics this year," Julien posted on her Twitter account, along with the hash-tag "family."
Despite suffering what was originally feared to be a concussion, Julien returned to play all the key minutes alongside star striker Christina Sinclair during Canada's Olympic qualification tournament and helped them earn their ticket to London back in January. The 24-year-old was also a key contributor in the team's Pan Am Games medal victory this past fall.
Only four strikers – Sinclair, Melissa Tancredi, Brittany Timko and Jonelle Filigno – were named to the Olympic team.
Five players who have previously dressed for the Fury W-League squad did make the cut – midfielders Diana Matheson and Kelly Parker, and defenders Robyn Gayle, Carmelina Moscato and Rhian Wilkinson.