Lark Chastain was born in Fort Benning, Georgia
and led an exciting life as a child, as her father was the Army's
USO liaison for all of the stars and celebrities who visited. She
dined with the likes of Bob Hope, quickly developing her winning
Lark attended San Jose State University and
became a stewardess. She married her high school sweetheart, Roger
Chastain, and they had two children, Brandi and Chad. She bought
Brandi dolls and doll carriages - all to no avail. Brandi shook
off ballet and tap dancing - and took to soccer with a vengeancesleeping
in her uniform for 2 weeks. She also excelled at any sport she tried.
She joined her brother's baseball team, filling in for a player
who was injured. When that player came back, it was Brandi's brother
who was asked to leave the team, not Brandi.
Lark, a vocal spectator, would travel to Brandi's
matches with a huge yellow megaphone (completely unnecessary according
to Brandi). It was taken away from Lark by a referee as a prohibited
mechanical device. "To this day, I always know where my mother
is in the stands," says Brandi.
Brandi's penalty kick that won the 1999 World
Cup is one of the most famous moments in sports, but Lark points
out that Brandi may have learned more from being cut from the US
women's team back in 1993: "On the inside, she was dying, but
she said in retrospect, 'That made me a better person.' She would
handle losses far better than us. She was wise beyond her years,
even at that age, and I've probably learned as much from her as
she's ever learned from me."