"Mariel Margaret Hamm-Garciaparra", better known simply as ""Mia"" "Hamm", is a retired American professional soccer player. Hamm played many years as a striker/forward for the United States women's national soccer team and was a founding member of the Washington Freedom. Hamm held the record for international goals, more than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer, until 2013 when fellow American Abby Wambach scored her 159th goal to break the record. Hamm is also the third most Caps (sport)/capped female player in soccer history behind Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone, appearing in 275 international matches. She also holds the national team record for most career assists with 144.

Hamm was named the women's FIFA World Player of the Year the first two times that award was given (in 2001 and 2002), and is listed as one of FIFA's 125 best living players (as chosen by Pelé) being one of two women, accompanied by teammate Michelle Akers."Mia Hamm: Synopsis." Biography. A E Networks, n.d. Web. Oct 1, 2013. . She was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as well as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and the World Football Hall of Fame.

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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.

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No-one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance.

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Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.

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The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.

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"You may get skinned knees and elbows, but it's worth it if you score a spectacular goal." - Mia Hamm.

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Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don't settle for them.

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