Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.”
Mia Hamm was born March 17, 1972, in Selma, Ala. Surprisingly, the soccer champion—named women’s FIFA World Player of the year in 2001 and 2002, and listed as one of FIFA’s 125 best living players (as chosen by Pelé)—was born with a club foot and had to wear corrective shoes as a small child.
These challenges didn’t stop her, however. She has noted, “If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion,” and clearly, she loved playing sports. She was athletic throughout her childhood and, by age 15, became the youngest player ever to join the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. In 1991, when the team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time, 19-year-old Hamm became the youngest American woman to win a World Cup championship.
Afterward, Hamm continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her team won four NCAA championships and lost just one game out of the 95 she played. Recognizing her role, the team named her Female Athlete of the Year in 1993 and 1994. Hamm brushed off praise for her individual success, saying, “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”
On May 22, 1999, Hamm broke the all-time international goal record with her 108th goal in a game against Brazil. She said of her work to achieve that goal, “I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”
Like any player, Hamm has experienced setbacks, but she takes a philosophical approach. “Failure happens all the time,” she has said. “It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.”
Of course, Hamm grew accustomed to great success during her career. The capstone was the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, when she helped lead Team USA to a gold medal, and her fellow U.S. Olympians chose her to carry the American flag at the Athens Closing Ceremonies. Hamm retired in 2004, at age 32, with 158 international goals—still the international record for men or women players.
Passion. Pass It On!
This billboard about passion features Mia Hamm; athlete, soccer player, Olympic Medalist.
I love you
abby 3 months ago from 61first street
I love Mia, she is so passionate and love's to play the game. I love the game as much as she does, but she probably love's it alittle more. She is my hero, and I will allways love her and her determaination. She is amazing. One of her favorite goals was To Be The Best, and she did exactly that.
audri over 1 year ago from los al, CA
She is awsome I have followed her since she started playing.
Steven Taylor almost 2 years ago from Coldwater P.S
Only People with fire can deliver the fire so is passion...Mia's life was one ...Hats Off to Mia ....God Bless you
George Amir almost 2 years ago from Scarboro, Ont
I pass Mia's sign on my way to work every morning, and that photo ALWAYS makes me smile. I'm a runner and I've just lost nearly 50 lbs. I find it so inspirational - many runs I find myself thinking "kicked her way to the top" over and over, especially on hills (which I admit to hating with a passion). That photo of Mia - it's so blatantly joyous and it's so inspirational.
Laura Carter almost 2 years ago from North Carolina
I like this cause it shows people that they shouldnt ever give up
rachel about 2 years ago from school
she is cool.
erica mease about 2 years ago from omaha,Ne
i like this statement because it tells a lot about her and how she helped us
banania about 2 years ago from ohio NE
she is a really good person
Trae'Von thompson about 2 years ago from omaha,Ne
She is phenomenal and my heroine. She is so passionate about the game.
Adu Joseph over 2 years ago from Lagos Nigeria