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Abby Wambach

  • American athlete
  • Born June 2, 1980

Mary Abigail Wambach (born June 2, 1980) is an American retired soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. A six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Wambach was a regular on the U.S. women's national soccer team from 2003 to 2015, earning her first cap in 2001. As a forward, she currently stands as the highest all-time goal scorer for the national team and holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer players with 184 goals.


It's a heavy burden to look up at the mountain and want to start the climb.




Sometimes when you fail, it allows you the opportunity to grow more motivation and get more intense about your training.




As an athlete, you are literally programmed to endure a specific amount of pain.




My nephew has type 1 diabetes, and it's my goal and hope that in his lifetime there will be a cure for diabetes. There's no place better to give the money to than the Juvenile Diabetes Association.




Whenever you get to win, you feel the satisfaction of all of your hard work, all the sacrifices, all the blood, sweat and tears. It feels right and makes you realise that you are really doing the right thing.




During events like the World Cup and the Olympics, I tend to get really wrapped up in my own experience to stay focused, but it's like a bubble. I don't see much outside my own perspective.




I have a unique ability to predict the flight of the ball, and my teammates have a unique ability to find me.




I've always been motivated more by negative comments than by positive ones. I know what I do well. Tell me what I don't do well.




It's always really challenging trying to go from player to player/coach. You have a kind of friendship basis of relationship with all of your teammates, and now you go to this power position where you have to make decisions that might hurt people's feelings.




My teammates have put me in all different kinds of positions to score goals, and I can't say it enough, and I really through and through believe it in my heart that I'm only as good as my teammates allow me to be.




My parents, they're the kind of people that didn't want me to get a big head, so they just kept challenging me and challenging me.




The truth is, I've been on a team my whole life. I'm the youngest of 7, so I've been training to be an athlete my whole life.




As professional soccer players, we take our bodies to the extreme. We're the people at the gym that look like we're breaking the machines. Pushing our bodies to the limits is what makes us so strong and capable and Olympians. It's not an easy thing to consistently do over and over again to your body.




The minute you step off that podium is the minute you start preparing for the next world championship. That's kind of how I work. You celebrate for a brief moment, then you move on.




Any good attacker will always beat a defender who's face-marking you.




I'm pretty goofy. I laugh at my own jokes.




I am not a politician by nature, but I will say I think there need to be more women in FIFA, and I would be open to having those conversations when the time is right.




When you can score three goals without the most prolific scorer in the world, you know you have a lot of depth, and it gives you confidence.




I'm not in the business of politics.




To win a championship, you have to have a little bit of luck on your side.




I'm not spending every second thinking about the World Cup, but it's always in my mind when I make choices and decisions.




I don't care how many championships you've won or how many records you've broken - if you've had a hand in pushing forward not only a game but women in sport's movement, then I think that's pretty darn good.




I want to do what I can to give the next generation of athletes added advantages in the game.




I think that in order to get better as an athlete and to see whatever kind of results you're after, you have to make goals. Whether you write them down or tell someone about them, it's important to set goals for yourself in order to achieve any kind of success.




From a pretty early age, my mother realized that I was a little bit more gifted and talented than my own age group. So, she moved me over to play with the boys' travel soccer team when I was about 11 years old.




You know me, I'm not that kind of person that cares to unveil all of my personal things to the world because frankly, in terms of my soccer, it doesn't matter.




I know that I'll end up being a role model for many, many people out there for all kinds of reasons.




I think there's so much emphasis on body image and results and outcome, but really what you should be after is to be healthy and to feel good about yourself.




I haven't won a World Cup. There's things that haven't been finished, and I'm not afraid to fall flat on my face trying.




Sometimes there has to be a goat on some level, and I'm totally fine with that being me.




People don't understand that the feel of the surface is so important for a footballer. The ball travels on the surface; our feet move on the surface - all of that goes into how the game is actually played.




A few goals is the way soccer is meant to be played.




I know that I was put on this planet to be an athlete.




Winning, you can overlook so many things.




I can't speak for other people, but for me, I feel like gone are the days that you need to come out of a closet. I never felt like I was in a closet. I never did. I always felt comfortable with who I am and the decisions I made.




My sole focus is to help bring a World Cup back to the U.S.



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