Mia Hamm is an eminent retired professional American soccer player who is also a two-time Olympic gold medallist. She has also been a member of ‘FIFA Women’s World Cup’ win twice. She played for the ‘United States Women’s National Soccer Team’ as a forward for 17 years. She also played for the ‘Washington Freedom’ while she was associated with ‘Women’s United Soccer Association’. She wrapped up her international career having played in 42 matches and scored 14 goals at the seven international tournaments. Until 2013, Hamm also held the record for ‘Most International Goals Scored’ by a woman or man. Today she is the global ambassador of ‘FC Barcelona’ and also the co-owner of ‘Los Angeles FC’. She has also been a part of various television shows and films that include ‘Dare To Dream: The Story Of The U.S Women’s Soccer Team’ which is an HBO documentary. Following are some thoughts and pearls of wisdom by one of the greatest female soccer legends of all time. Read through the quotes and sayings shared by Mia Hamm both on-field and off-field.
I know I wouldn't be here, and all of us wouldn't be here, without certain sacrifices and certain stands that people have made -- not just women, but men stepping up and supporting what we do and how we do it.
Sports can do so much. They've given me a framework: meeting new people, confidence, self-esteem, discipline, motivation. All these things I learned, whether I knew I was learning them or not, through sports.
As a mother I think you often get so caught up in trying to take care of everyone else that you forget to take care of yourself. But I'm a much better wife and mother when I take the time to take care of myself.
I'm a part of a team, and I'm no better or any worse than any single player on this team. That's the approach I've always had and will continue to have. It's not about me. It has never been all about me. If it had, this would have been a really lonely journey.
Focus on what you know you can do. Know what you're capable of on any given day, and what you can count on. Do the simple things well, and then use the confidence to build up the rest of your game. Learn to differentiate between what is truly important and what can be dealt with at another time.
Every single day I wake up and commit myself to becoming a better player. Some days it happens, and some days it doesn't. Sure, there are games I'm going to dominate and there are going to be games when I struggle. But it doesn't mean I give up.
No-one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance.
I play for the intense challenges that the game on the highest levels present. The whole team enjoys playng exciting soccer for the fans and my part in that makes me feel good about myself. The whole concept of teamwork is what keeps us all going. It's my role to create scoring chances, and to come through for my teammates is extremely satisfying.
When players go out and train on their own, they usually do it at half speed. This kind of training is valuable, but it doesn't prepare you for competition, where you must perform at full throttle. So the trick is to schedule regular sessions of intense practice, while always leaving time to juggle and generally goof around with the ball
Every day I look for ways to be inspired, to learn and to grow. And trying to be the best for my kids, my husband and my family. One thing I really wanna do is being there for my kids, be part of my siblings and my parents.