What Are Some Facts About Mia Hamm?


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Some facts about Mia Hamm are that she spent 17 years on the U.S. national women's soccer team and that she won two Olympic gold medals. Hamm divorced her husband, Christiaan Corry, in 2001 after a seven-year marriage. In 2003, Hamm married Nomar Garciaparra, also a professional athlete. Her personal interests include charitable work for medical research.

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Hamm's career includes Olympic gold in 1996 and 2004. In addition, Hamm's teams won the World Cup in 1991 and 1999. At one point in her career, Hamm held the record for most goals scored in international competition by a U.S. women's soccer player. FIFA named Hamm the World Player of the Year on two different occasions, and Soccer USA named Hamm its Female Athlete of the Year for five straight years from 1994 to 1998.

Hamm hails from Alabama. Her father served in the U.S. Air Force. After her brother encouraged her to participate in sports, Hamm joined the women's national soccer team at the age of 15. While in college, Hamm won four consecutive NCAA championships with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill women's soccer team.

The Mia Hamm Foundation promotes bone cancer research. Hamm chose this cause after her brother, Garrett, died of a blood disease. Garrett Hamm died at the age of 28, leaving behind a wife and son. Each year, Hamm's foundation hosts a fund raising event called the Garrett Game. Although sick at the time, Garrett saw his sister compete in the 1996 Olympics.

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