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Mia Hamm

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameMariel Margaret "Mia"•Hamm (-Corry, -Garciaparra)
Used nameMia•Hamm
Born17 March 1972 in Selma, Alabama (USA)
Measurements165 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsWashington Freedom
NOC United States

Biography

One of the best female football (soccer) players in the world, Mia Hamm is possibly the best-known American football player, male or female. In her career, she played an amazing 275 matches for the US national team, scoring no less than 158 goals. She has played in three Olympic Games, winning the inaugural women’s football title in 1996, being runner-up in 2000, and winning again in her final tournament in Athens 2004. Hamm also played in four World Cups, winning the first Women’s Cup in 1991 as well as the 1999 edition, while finishing third in 1995 and 2003. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002, Hamm also was co-founder of Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), the first women’s pro league in the world, in which she played for Washington Freedom. It folded in 2003, but successor Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) features a silhouette of Hamm in its logo, indicating her significance for the women’s game.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1996 Summer Olympics Football (Football) USA Mia Hamm
Football, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
2000 Summer Olympics Football (Football) USA Mia Hamm
Football, Women (Olympic) United States 2 Silver
2004 Summer Olympics Football (Football) USA Mia Hamm
Football, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony USA Mia Hamm

Olympic family relations

Special Notes