Happy Birthday, Mia Hamm!
Happy birthday, Mia Hamm! The legendary soccer star turns 42 today. A member of the U.S. national team from the age of 15 in 1987 until her retirement from the sport in 2004, Hamm helped the U.S. women win two Women's World Cups (1991 and the iconic 1999 victory) and two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2004). Hamm held the record for most international goals by a player of either gender with 158 until Abby Wambach broke the mark in 2013. Considered one of the most marketable female athletes ever, Hamm had deals with Nike, Gatorade and Nabisco, among others. Hamm was the recipient of FIFA's first two women's World Player of the Year honors in 2001 and 2002, the 1997 Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year and the winner of five consecutive Soccer USA's Female Athlete of the Year honors. She was one of just two women to be named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players chosen by Pele. Since her retirement, Hamm has been inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame and was the first woman inductee at the World Football Hall of Fame. Today, Hamm and her husband, former baseball star Nomar Garciaparra, live with their three children in California. She remains heavily involved in soccer and her charitable foundation.