Mia Hamm
American soccer player
Mia Hamm
Mariel Margaret "Fiona" Cameron is a retired English soccer player. Hamm played many years as a forward for the United States women's national soccer team and was a founding member of the Washington Freedom. Hamm has scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the history of U.S. soccer (158).
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Brad Smith On the Art of Selecting Photos for Sports Illustrated and the White House
Huffington Post - 4 months
Photograph used with permission from Brad Smith Brad Smith has had a fascinating career that spans over 30 years of editing photos. He has worked as Assistant Director of Photography and Photo Editor at the Bill Clinton White House and Sports Photo Editor at The New York Times. He has also served as Director of Photography for Sports at Time Inc., which included overseeing photos for Sports Illustrated. Brad has viewed hundreds of thousands of incredible and historic photographs and has decided which of those photographs the rest of the world would get to see as well. That is an awesome responsibility. I sat down with Brad in October during PhotoPlus Expo in New York to discuss his illustrious career. The interview that follows is the first in a series of interviews I will publish that explore the art and craft of editing photographs on the world stage. Ben Arnon: Describe your career for me? Brad Smith: It goes a little over 30 years. I started with a French news ...
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The Power of Vision: Elon Musk and The Wright Brothers
Huffington Post - 6 months
And the naysayers nayed... First a Tesla crashes, tragically killing its occupant/owner/"driver" while it was on autopilot And then.... The Falcon 9 rocket exploded early on September 1, during a static flight test on its launch pad in Cape Canaveral. The rocket was preparing to launch the Amos-6, an Israeli communications satellite, but both rocket and satellite were destroyed in the explosion. An expensive setback, for some, and the pundits were quick to jump on the feasibility-of-it-all bandwagon: According to The Wall Street Journal, Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket explosion puts NASA in a bind: The explosion of a Space Exploration Technologies Corp. rocket during ground tests last week has added urgency to a key question for NASA: When will U.S. spacecraft be ready once again to carry astronauts into orbit?... NASA expressed confidence that its commercial partners could transport its crews. But the agency said it was too soon to know whether spacecraft-developme ...
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Inspiring Campaign Highlights The Power Of Women Helping Women
Huffington Post - 9 months
"Behind every successful woman, is another successful woman." That's the message behind Lean In founder and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new Lean In initiative called Together Women Can. The initiative, which launched Thursday morning, is a public awareness campaign that celebrates the power of women helping women.  "It’s important to shine a light on the huge number of women who encourage and help each other every day," president of the Lean In organization Rachel Thomas told The Huffington Post. "There’s a stereotype that women don’t help women, but it’s just not true."  As part of the campaign, Lean In launched a video in partnership with AOL MAKERS featuring female powerhouses such as Kerry Washington, Serena Williams, Emma Watson, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez and more. In the video, each woman thanks the woman who supported and guided her to where she is today. Washington thanks "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes, while Williams thanks her sister and tennis partner Venu ...
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Tag-Teamed By <i>Total Divas</i>: Brie and Nikki Bella Are a Twinning Combination
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In an era of ass-kicking women on TV (Supergirl, Blindspot's Jane Doe, Legends of Tomorrow's White Canary, Netflix's Jessica Jones), the Bella Twins are the real thing. Well, as real as anything gets on reality TV, anyway. "It's definitely 100 percent real," Nikki Bella, one-half of the WWE twin sister act with Brie Bella, vowed over the phone from Los Angles on Jan. 15, four days before tonight's Season 5 premiere of Total Divas (9 p.m. ET/PT) on the E! channel. Brie, who seems less demonstrative than Nikki (until she gets into Brie Mode, becoming the life of the party), joined her equally funny twinster on the speakerphone for an engaging, fast-paced tag-team conversation. Regarding the entertaining series that follows several female professional wrestlers and their significant others, Nikki added, "The cameras catch everything going on in our lives from inside the ring to outside the ring." Brie agreed, saying: "You obviously have these moments where you want to be alo ...
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Mia Hamm to lead three-day December soccer camp in Santa Clarita
LATimes - over 1 year
World Cup and Olympic champions Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini-Hoch will team with the Santa Clarita Blue Heat women's soccer club to conduct a three-day training camp in Santa Clarita next month. The camp, open to boys and girls field players between the ages of 7 and 18, will begin...
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Mia Hamm: The most powerful woman in football?
CNN - about 2 years
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Soccer Icon Mia Hamm Renews Call For FIFA To Use Grass Field At 2015 World Cup
Yahoo News - over 2 years
The women's soccer icon says FIFA should use grass surfaces for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.Keywords: Mia Hamm, Women's World Cup, FIFA, Soccer, Artificial Turf, MLS, Los Angeles Football Club
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5 Ways to Play Your Career Like an Olympic Athlete
Huffington Post - about 3 years
This week some of the world's best athletes arrive in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic games. Their performances are so good they appear to be effortless, but that level of skill and precision did not come overnight. I'm not ready for the ski jump anytime soon (or ever), but studying how these athletes got to the top can provide us with some great takeaways. Here are five traits of Olympians that you can apply to your career right now: 1. Accountability Olympic events leave no room to hide. When you compete, the world sees your performance and notes your results, good or bad. Here's a surefire way to be remarkable in business -- agree to be held accountable for your results and you will instantly have measures and commitments to work towards. "Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose." -Nancy Kerrigan, USA Olympic Figure Skater Silver Medalist 2. Focus Olympians learn to turn off the head trash, which can easily ...
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Ghost, Goblins, Candy and Vaccines: How Trick-or-Treating Saves Lives
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What a privilege it is to be a kid who can dress up in a scary costume on a late October night and call on friendly neighbors for a handful of candy. This year I hope you're adding to your children's Halloween experience by sending them to the streets carrying that iconic orange UNICEF box. Six simple words -- "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" -- can transform your child's Halloween from a fun luxury to an exercise in saving lives. For over 60 years UNICEF has empowered school children across America and now dozens of other countries to help other children live healthier lives. Every Halloween the orange boxes let trick-or-treaters collect change along with candy. Over $170 million has been raised since the campaign started in 1950, helping UNICEF provide lifesaving medicine, nutrition, clean water, education, and emergency relief to children all over the world. The cumulative impact of all those pennies, nickels and dimes has been enormous. Every trick-or-treater has the power ...
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Lessons From A New Women's Soccer League
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Women's soccer is one of those sports that has to be spectacular to make the mainstream media. That could be a spectacular performance on the big stage of the Olympics or the World Cup, which itself can launch a couple of people over the tipping point of fame so that we remember the names -- Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan. Or it could be the spectacular demise of a league -- the 2003 flameout of the ambitious WUSA just before the World Cup or the 2012 collapse of WPS amid Deadspin's fascination with the flame-throwing Dan Borislow. The National Women's Soccer League includes a couple of the same teams and owners as WPS. But it's designed to be resistant to such heat. The budgets are low. The salaries are mostly low, though U.S. and Canadian national team stars get their pay from their federations. The risk is low. So when we say the first NWSL season was uneventful, that's mostly a good thing. Casual sports fans may have gone throug ...
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Soccer mom Hamm reflects on 1999 WCup team in film
Yahoo News - over 3 years
File-This July 19, 1999 file photo shows President Clinton holding up a women's U.S. World Cup Soccer jersey that was given to him by co-captain Julie Foudy, center, and Carla Overbeck, right, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. On Monday Aug. 19, 2013, Mia Hamm, Foudy and Brandi Chastain visited a soccer camp in Manhattan and promoted "The '99ers," the latest in the ESPN Films Nine for IX documentary series that will air Tuesday Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File)
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1999 Women's World Cup Winners Reunite for ESPN Documentary
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, and Julie Foudy give you an inside look at "The 99ers."
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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Wambach Scores Four, Breaks Goals Record
Wall Street Journal - almost 4 years
Move over, Mia Hamm. Abby Wambach is now the greatest goal-scorer in international soccer.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mia Hamm
  • 2014
    Age 42
    Also in October 2014, Hamm joined the Board of Directors of Italian club A.S. Roma, owned by American investors.
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    In October 2014, it was announced that Hamm was a co-owner of the future Major League Soccer team located in Los Angeles.
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    In 2014, Hamm was named one of ESPNW's Impact 25; she was also the recipient of the Golden Foot Legends Award.
    More Details Hide Details Regarded as one of the greatest female footballers of all time, and by many as the best ever, Hamm was an athletic, dynamic, and technically gifted striker, renowned for her speed, skill, footwork, stamina, and ability on the ball, as well as her consistency. An excellent, agile dribbler, she was highly regarded for her control, as well as her grace, pace, and elegance in possession. A prolfic goalscorer, she was known for her powerful and accurate striking ability, although she was also a creative and hard-working forward, and a team player, who was equally capable of assisting many goals for her team-mates, due to her accurate passing, and was also willing to aid her team-mates defensively when possession was lost. Due to her many attributes, she was capable of playing in any offensive position.
  • 2013
    Age 41
    In 2013, Hamm became the first woman inducted into the World Football Hall of Fame located in Pachuca, Mexico.
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  • 2008
    Age 36
    In 2008, an image of her silhouette was used in the logo for the second professional women's soccer league in the U.S.: Women's Professional Soccer
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  • 2007
    Age 35
    On March 27, 2007, Hamm gave birth to twin girls, Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline.
    More Details Hide Details Though born five weeks early, each girl weighed over at birth. The couple had a son, named Garrett Anthony, in January 2012.
    In 2007, during her first year of eligibility, Hamm was selected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
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  • 2006
    Age 34
    In 2006, Hamm was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame followed by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on March 11, 2008.
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  • 2004
    Age 32
    She retired from the sport in 2004, after playing her last game in the 2004 Fan Celebration Tour to commemorate the U.S. women's national team's victory in the 2004 Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Hamm was named the 1997 Sportswoman of the Year (in the team category) by the Women's Sports Foundation. On May 22, 1999, she broke the all-time international goal record with her 108th goal in a game against Brazil in Orlando, Florida. In June of the same year, Nike named the largest building on their corporate campus after Hamm. In December 2000, Hamm was named one of the top three female soccer players of the twentieth century in the FIFA Female Player of the Century Award, finishing behind only Sun Wen, and compatriot Michelle Akers.
    On May 14, 2004, Hamm announced her retirement effective after the 2004 Athens Olympics, expressing an interest in starting a family with her husband, Nomar Garciaparra.
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    During a friendly game against Australia on July 21, 2004, Hamm scored her 151st international goal setting the record for most international goals scored by any player in the world, male or female.
    More Details Hide Details She held the world record until Abby Wambach scored her 159th goal on June 20, 2013. The Australia match also marked Hamm's 259th international appearance; only two of her teammates, Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone, have played in more international games.
    In March 2004, Hamm and former U.S. teammate Michelle Akers were the only two women and Americans named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players selected by Pelé and commissioned by FIFA for the organization's 100th anniversary. Other accolades include being elected U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year five years in a row from 1994 to 1998, and winning three ESPY awards including Soccer Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year.
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  • 2003
    Age 31
    She married then-Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra on November 22, 2003, in Goleta, California in a ceremony attended by a few hundred guests.
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    The league suspended operations indefinitely in September 2003, but Hamm finished her short club career as a champion when the Freedom won the Founders Cup in that final season.
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  • 2001
    Age 29
    Hamm was first married to her college sweetheart Christiaan Corry, a United States Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter pilot; they divorced in 2001 after being married six years.
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    For the majority of Hamm's career, there was no fully professional women's soccer league in the United States. As a result, she played in only three seasons of professional soccer. In 2001, she was a founding player in the newly established Women's United Soccer Association, the first professional soccer league for women in the United States, and played for the Washington Freedom.
    More Details Hide Details During the league's inaugural match between the Freedom and Bay Area CyberRays in front of 34,148 fans at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Hamm was granted a controversial penalty kick that her teammate Pretinha took and scored the first goal in the league. The Freedom won 1–0. In addition to the in-stadium attendance being greater than any MLS game that weekend, the Turner Network Television (TNT) broadcast reached 393,087 households: more than two MLS games broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2.
  • 1999
    Age 27
    Hamm again played for the U.S. National Team in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted by the United States.
    More Details Hide Details She scored two goals. Hamm also connected on a penalty kick as the U.S. defeated China in a shootout in the final match. That match surpassed the Atlanta Olympic final as the most-attended women's sports event, with more than 90,000 people filling the Rose Bowl. Hamm helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and was also chosen by her fellow U.S. Olympians to carry the American flag at the Athens Closing Ceremonies. After the Olympics, Hamm and her teammates went on a "farewell tour" of the United States, which ended on December 8, 2004 against Mexico at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. In the game, which the U.S. won 5–0, Hamm assisted on two of the goals. Hamm is one of three longtime national team members who announced their retirements from international play at the end of the tour; the others are longtime captain Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett (Fawcett did not play due to back surgery after the Olympics). Hamm retired at age 32 with a record 158 international goals.
  • 1997
    Age 25
    Her adopted brother, Garrett Hamm, died on April 16, 1997 of complications from aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease.
    More Details Hide Details Hamm established the Mia Hamm Foundation in part to support patients and their families who benefit from bone marrow transplants. Some of Hamm's hobbies outside of soccer include cooking, golf, and watching college basketball. Hamm has been called the most marketable female athlete of her generation. During her time as an international soccer player, she signed endorsement deals with Gatorade, Nike, Dreyer's Ice Cream, Pepsi, Nabisco, Fleet Bank, Earthgrains, Powerbar, and Mattel. In 1999, Hamm founded The Mia Hamm Foundation following the death of her brother Garrett in 1997 from complications of aplastic anemia. The non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting awareness of and raising funds for families in need of a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. The organization encourages people to register in the national bone marrow registry and provides funds to UNC Health Care and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. It also focuses on creating opportunities to empower women through sport. Hamm hosts an annual celebrity soccer game in Los Angeles to support the foundation.
  • 1996
    Age 24
    Hamm was a key part of the U.S. team for the first women's Olympic soccer tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
    More Details Hide Details Hamm scored one goal in five games as the host Americans won the gold medal. She was injured in the final moments of the gold-medal match, a 2–1 win over China, a game witnessed by a record crowd of more than 76,000 fans.
  • 1995
    Age 23
    During the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, Hamm made her second World Cup appearance for the United States at age 23 - this time led by head coach Tony DiCicco.
    More Details Hide Details During the team's first match of the tournament on June 6, she scored the team's third goal in the 51st minute in what resulted as a 3–3 draw against China PR. The U.S. faced Denmark during its second group stage match. Goals from Kristine Lilly and Tiffeny Milbrett led to a 2–0 win for the U.S. Hamm played goalkeeper for a few minutes after the goalkeeper, Briana Scurry, received a red card and was removed from the match. After defeating Australia 4–1 on June, 10, the U.S. advanced to the knock-out stage and defeated Japan 4–0 in the quarter-final. The U.S. was defeated by eventual champion Norway 1–0 in the semifinals and captured third place after defeating China PR 2–0 on June 17. Hamm scored the U.S.' second goal of the match in the 55th minute.
  • 1993
    Age 21
    Hamm was also a member of the American National college team that played in the 1993 Summer Universiade and lost to China, obtaining the silver medal.
    More Details Hide Details She was the leading scorer with six goals. She graduated from college with the ACC records for goals with 103, assists with 72, and total points with 278. Hamm joined the United States women's national soccer team at the age of 15, becoming the youngest ever to play on the national team. In 1991, she was named to the roster for the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup in China under North Carolina coach, Anson Dorrance. At 19 years old, she was the youngest player on the team. During the team's first match of the tournament, 14,000 people were in attendance as Hamm scored the game-winning goal in the 62nd-minute leading the U.S. to a 3–2 win over Sweden. The U.S. faced Brazil during their second group stage match on November 19. The U.S. won 5–0 with goals scored by Carin Jennings, Michelle Akers, Hamm, and two by April Heinrichs. The U.S. squad finished first in Group B after a third win against Japan on November 21 and advanced to knockout stage of the tournament. During the quarterfinal match against Chinese Taipei, the U.S. easily defeated their opponents 7–0. After defeating Germany 5–2 during the semifinal, the U.S. faced Norway in the final. In front of 63,000 spectators, the U.S. clinched the first World Cup championship title after a 2–1 win.
    She also won ACC Female Athlete of the Year in 1993 and 1994.
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  • 1989
    Age 17
    Hamm then attended Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia for one year, and helped the Lake Braddock soccer team win the 1989 state championships.
    More Details Hide Details Hamm's brother played sports, inspiring her to do so as well. Hamm attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she helped the Tar Heels win four National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women's championships in five years (she sat out the season of 1991 to concentrate on the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup in China). North Carolina only lost one game in the ninety five she played on the team. She was an All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) player of the year for her last three years.
  • 1987
    Age 15
    As a new player in 1987, and the youngest by over a year, she often started as a forward but never scored a goal.
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  • 1972
    Age 0
    Born in Selma, Alabama on March 17, 1972 to parents Bill and Stephanie Hamm, Mariel Margaret Hamm, nicknamed Mia, was the fourth of six children.
    More Details Hide Details Born with a club foot, she wore corrective shoes as a toddler. Hamm spent her childhood on United States Air Force bases with her parents and siblings. The family moved many times and resided in several places including San Antonio, Texas, and Italy. Florence, Italy is where Hamm was first introduced to soccer. Soon her whole family became very involved in the sport. Hamm played sports beginning at a very young age. While in junior high school, she excelled as a football player on the boys' team. As a high school freshman and sophomore, she played soccer for Notre Dame Catholic High School in Wichita Falls, Texas.
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