Mia Hamm

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Mia Hamm

Born

3/17/1972, Selma, Alabama

Birth Name

Mariel Margaret Hamm

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Mariel Garciaparra, Mia Hamm-Garciaparra, Mariel Hamm, Mia Garciaparra
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Biography

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Mia Hamm is widely known for her participation in women's soccer. Many people consider her the best woman to ever play the sport. She played for the Washington Freedom of the WUSA for the few years that it existed. Today she is married to fellow professional athlete, Nomar Garciaparra.more

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  • Trivia

    • Mia Hamm and husband Nomar Garciaparra welcomed twin girls on Wednesday, March 29, 2007

    • Mia played college soccer at UNC Chapel Hill. After graduating, she volunteered as an assistant coach for the team.

    • On March 6, 1999, Mia broke the all-time goal record with her 108th goal in a game against Brazil in Orlando, Florida.

    • Mia's first marriage was to Marine Corps pilot Christiaan Corry.

    • Mia wrote a book called Go For The Goal: A Champion's Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life

    • Mia and her husband Nomar Garciaparra are expecting twins.

    • Mia was born with a partial club-foot.

    • Her mom, Stephanie was a ballet teacher.

    • Favorite Book is "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein

    • Her brother Garrett was diagnosed with bone marrow disease and later died from it. Mia and her teammates all wore black sweatbands at their next game in his memory.

    • In 1999, Hamm began the Mia Hamm Foundation, dedicated to help with bone marrow research and to help women's sports programs progress. She was inspired to create her foundation by her adoptive brother and original athletic inspiration Garrett, an Amerasian who died of a bone marrow disease shortly after the 1996 Olympics.

    • In 1996, Hamm and the rest of the U.S. women's national team played for the gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics in front of 80,000 spectators in Athens, Georgia, then an all-time record for any women's sporting event. That day, Hamm and her teammates were able to beat China to win the gold medal.

    • She has garnered numerous awards and recognitions during her career as a soccer player. Among those, she was elected as the Soccer USA's female athlete of the year five years in a row (1994-1998), MVP of the women's cup in 1995, one of the "fifty most beautiful people in the world" by People Magazine in 1997, and number 14 among soccer's most influential people by Soccer Business International magazine. She also won three ESPY awards in a row, given to her by ESPN, one of them being for "soccer player of the year" and the other two for "female athlete of the year."

    • Hamm, one of four daughters of an Air Force pilot, was born in Alabama and lived in several different places before her family settled in Wichita Falls, Texas. Her parents later adopted two boys; the older, Garrett, became her main source of encouragement in her athletic interests.

    • In 1993, she was a member of the U.S. women's national college team that played in the 1993 Summer Universiade and lost to China, obtaining the silver medal. She was the leading scorer with 6 goals. She graduated from college with the all-time records for her conference in goals with 103, assists with seventy-two, and total points with 278.

    • In 1991, when the U.S. women's national team won the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time with Hamm and teammates including Michelle Akers, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, and Kristine Lilly, Hamm became the youngest American woman to win a World Cup championship at the age of nineteen.

    • In March 2004, Hamm and former U.S.A. teammate Michelle Akers were the only two women, and the only two Americans, named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players selected by Pelé and commissioned by FIFA for that organization's 100th anniversary.

    • Championships

      1989 UNC NCAA National Champion

      1990 UNC NCAA National Champion

      1991 USA Women's National Team FIFA World Cup Champion

      1992 UNC NCAA National Champion

      1993 UNC NCAA National Champion

      1993 USA Women's National College Team Universiade Silver

      1995 USA Women's National Team FIFA World Cup Third Place

      1996 USA Women's National Team Olympic Gold

      1999 USA Women's National Team FIFA World Cup Champion

      2000 USA Women's National Team Olympic Silver

      2003 Washington Freedom WUSA Founder's Cup Champion

      2003 USA Women's National Team FIFA World Cup Third Place

      2004 USA Women's National Team Olympic Gold

    • In 2001 and 2002, Mia was named FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Player of the Year.

    • At age 12, Mia was a member of her junior high school's football team. She later centered her attention to soccer.

    • Mia married Nomar Garciaparra on November 22, 2003.

  • Quotes

    • Mia: Like everything else in life where I have achieved a measure of success,my book is a product of a team effort from start to finish.

    • Mia: I don't like to play rough, but I will if I have to.

    • Mia: Forwards shouldn't just hang around the midfield line calling for the ball. I take great pride in tracking back on defense whenever I can.

    • Pele: When I was playing, they said soccer was a man's world and that women should remain on the sidelines. All I can say is that I'm glad I never had to go up against Mia Hamm.

    • Mia Hamm: I am happy that the young girls have a lot more choices these days and an opportunity to feel better about themselves. If this encourages one girl to go out there, and not necessarily try soccer, but just do something she was nervous about doing or achieve something that she wasn't sure she could do, it's a wonderful feeling. Whether it's stopping to say hello or signing an autograph or scoring a memorable goal for them. It's worth it.

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  • Good soccer player.

    6.5
    I do have respect for Mia Hamm. She actually made women's soccer somewhat popular for a time. I guess when she was at the end of her career, the sport died with her career, not literally, but kind of in a way. She was really a hard worker and did some things that you wouldn't expect. That said, she isn't as good as some of the soccer players today. I do not like soccer at all, but I do have respect for her as an individual and I have to say that she is the reason why soccer was big. Thank you.moreless
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