Mia Hamm started playing soccer for the U.S. Women's National Team when she was just 17 years old. She and her team won the Women's World Cup in both 1991 and 1999. Hamm took home gold medals during the Olympic Games in 1996 and 2004 as well.
Hamm's full name is Mariel Margaret Hamm. She was born in Selma, Ala., in March 1972. As the daughter of an Air Force pilot, her family was forced to move often throughout her childhood. She credits her brother, Garrett Hamm, for getting her into playing sports. According to Biography, she is generally considered one of the greatest female soccer players in history. In both 2001 and 2002, Hamm was named FIFA's World Player of the Year.
Hamm started the Mia Hamm Foundation in 1999. This foundation is dedicated to raising money for bone marrow research. She started this foundation after her brother died of a rare blood disease called aplastic anemia.
Hamm married her college sweetheart, Christiaan Corry, in 1994, but the marriage ended in 2001. She then married Nomar Garciaparra, a professional baseball player, in 2003. Hamm retired from soccer to start a family after helping the U.S. women's soccer team win a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.