Abby Wambach Quotes

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. Wambach was awarded the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the first American woman to win the award in ten years. She was included on the 2015 Time 100 list as one of the most influential people in the world

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Abby Wambach


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

Abby Wambach


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.

Abby Wambach


I'm not in the business of politics.

Abby Wambach


When I was in college, I learned to really take care of my body and figured out what works best for me and what doesn't work for me when it comes to my nutrition. That helped so much on the field because soccer is such a fitness-oriented game.

Abby Wambach


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.

Abby Wambach


This might sound masochistic or narcissistic, I don't know, but when I'm not playing the game, the validations I feel about life are always through the hardships. I relate more to sadness, in a lot of ways, when I'm not playing.

Abby Wambach


I've always had a dream of owning a restaurant.

Abby Wambach


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.

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As a competitor, I want to continue to keep turning the chapters and keep challenging myself.

Abby Wambach


When I look in the mirror, I don't see a person who's made the kind of impact that Mia Hamm made on the game. She's still my idol, the greatest player and the greatest teammate. She achieved so much in so many different ways. What she did for women's soccer can't be measured.

Abby Wambach


2014 was physically a tough year because I injured my knee, and you know how that goes with your emotions and the mentality.

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The growth of women's soccer and women's sports all around the world has been slow.

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I would love to be a mum if I'm blessed to have children. My wife and I have those plans.

Abby Wambach


I always think that struggle can bring out the best in people - or the worst.

Abby Wambach


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.

Abby Wambach