Soccer player (1972 – )
Mia is a former american soccer player who won the Women’s World Cup 2 times and is additionally a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She played in the US women’s national soccer team for seventeen years and held the record for many international goals scored till June 2013.
Likely, Hamm was additionally elected soccer USA’s female athlete of the Year for 5 consecutive years. She was the face of the 1st professional women’s soccer league in the United States also. Currently, she holds the third position in the history of the United States national team for international caps (276) and also the 1st position for career assists (144).
Mia Hamm’s Biography Facts
Early Life, Childhood, and Education
Mia Hamm was born on March 17, 1972, in Selma, Alabama, the US. Her birth name is Mariel Margaret Hamm-Garciaparra and she is presently, 47 years old. Her father’s name is Bill Hamm (Air Force pilot) and her mother’s name is Stephanie Hamm. Throughout her childhood, she and her family stayed at various the united states Air Force bases round the world.
She has 5 siblings namely, Garrett Hamm, Caroline Hamm, Tiffany Hamm, Martin Hamm, Lovdy Hamm. Mia holds american citizenship, however her ethnicity is unknown. Her birth sign is Pisces.
Talking about Mia’s education history, she played football game for the Notre Dame Catholic high school in Texas. Then, she attended the Lake Braddock secondary school in Burke, Virginia, she helped its soccer team win the 1989 state championships. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a scholarship from 1989 to 1994.
Professional Life and Career
Talking regarding her profession, in the year 1991, when Mia Hamm played at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, she was just 19 years old and was the youngest player in the team. In the 1st match, she scored the game-winning goal and led the team to a victory. They won the semi-final against Germany and took the 1st World Cup championship title after defeating Norway within the final.
In her second World Cup tournament in 1995, she scored a goal, however the match against China was a draw. The United States team won the second match against Denmark. They defeated Japan in the quarter-final however lost to Norway within the semi-finals. During the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 1st Olympic tournament to include women’s soccer, the United States team won against Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.
During the final match against China, Hamm was injured and brought out of the field in the final minute. However, the United States team won its 1st Olympic gold medal. During 1999, with her 108th goal for the United States team, she set a record for scoring most international goals, breaking the record set by Italian player Elisabetta Vignotto. Hamm held the record till June 2013, when American player Abby Wambach broke it.
During the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, she scored a goal against Norway and also the USA team won the game. However, the USA team was defeated by Norway in the final, and they earned the silver medal. Whereas, from 2001-03, she played for the Washington Freedom.
Throughout the league’s history, she was acclaimed as the star of the league. She held the record until 2013. Hamm declared her impending retirement on May 14, 2004, at the age of thirty two.
She played her last international match in Dec 2004. Over the course of her career with the USA women’s national soccer team, she played 42 matches in international tournaments and scored 14 goals. She made 276 appearances with the USA national team.
Mia played in four FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments—in China (1991), Sweden (1995), and also the USA (1999, 2003). She led the team in 3 Olympic Games—1996 in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney, and 2004 in Athens.
|1989–1993||North Carolina Tar Heels||100||103|
Mia Hamm married Christiaan Corry, a USA marine corps helicopter pilot, in 1995; they divorced in 2001.
Then she married Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra on Nov 22, 2003. they have twin girls—Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline, and a son Garrett Anthony.
Salary and Net Worth
Mia Hamm has an estimated net worth of around $10 million and she has earned that sum of money from her professional career.
She has a height of 5 feet 5 inches and weighs is 60Kg. Mia’s hair color is dark brown and her eyes color is dark brown.
- FIFA World Player of the Year (2002, 2001)
- Best Soccer Player ESPY Award (2005, 2001, 2000)
- Best Female Athlete ESPY Award (2000, 1998)
- The Game Changer Award (2010)
- Best Female Soccer Player ESPY Award (2004)
- Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Female Athlete (2004, 2001)
|1989||UNC||NCAA National Champion|
|1990||UNC||NCAA National Champion|
|1991||USA women’s national team||FIFA World Cup Champion|
|1992||UNC||NCAA National Champion|
|1993||UNC||NCAA National Champion|
|1995||USA women’s national team||FIFA World Cup Third Place|
|1996||USA women’s national team||Olympic Gold|
|1999||USA women’s national team||FIFA World Cup Champion|
|2000||USA women’s national team||Olympic Silver|
|2003||Washington Freedom||WUSA Founder’s Cup Champion|
|2003||USA women’s national team||FIFA World Cup Third Place|
|2004||USA women’s national team||Olympic Gold|
There was a rumor that Hamm passed away on Jan 2019. However, it absolutely was a death hoax and she is okay and healthy.