She kicks butt and makes no apologies!
If you missed the 2015 Women's World Cup, you have my deepest apologies, because there were some GREAT games. Specifically, you missed the U.S. Womens' team defeat Japan 5-2 in the final. You also missed Abby Wambach's last tournament. In addition to her other amazing contributions to the team, she scored a game winning goal against Nigeria. And that doesn't even begin to cover everything this amazing woman has accomplished.
She was the youngest of 7 children.
She learned to play soccer when one of her younger siblings began to play the sport. She had a fierce competitive streak:
"Growing up as the youngest of seven was like being in a team environment, you learn all kinds of things ... I learned how to compete, my brothers and sisters always played with me on the same level and they never let me win until I was better than them and deserved it. Being in such a big family makes you humble. You might have a certain skill or talent but there is always someone who is better at something than you."
She continued to play in college, and began playing for the Washington Freedom in 2002 (she was 22 years old).
She's an incredible player
With 184 goals in 252 international matches, Abby Wambach is currently the leading all time scorer for men and women. She's completed four World Cup Tournaments (in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015). Wambach played in the Olympics in 2004 and 2012; she played a total of 30 matches and scored 22 goals. She's won the U.S. Soccer Federation's U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award six times... and after all of that she's still humble as hell.
"... winning any individual award is a total product of the team that you play for. I've never scored a goal without receiving a pass from somebody else. Thanks to all the fans out there who continue to inspire me and the rest of the team to win as many games as we can."
She's got a big heart, too!
"I can't speak for other people, but for me, I feel like gone are the days that you need to come out of a closet. I never felt like I was in a closet. I never did. I always felt comfortable with who I am and the decisions I made."
In 2013, she married her partner Sarah Huffman. While she's always felt comfortable with who she is, she's done charitable work with Athlete Ally (one of many organizations she's partnered with), and organization that is working to end homophobia and transphobia in sports by fighting stigmas and providing support and information.