Full Name: Mia Hamm-Garciaparra; born Mariel Margaret Hamm
Date of Birth: 17 th March, 1972
Country: The United States of America
Sport involved in: Football (Soccer)
Winner of NCAA National Championships in 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993
Winner of silver medal in the 1993 Summer Universiade
Winner of FIFA Women's World Cup in1991 and 1999
Third place in FIFA Women's World Cup in 1995 and 2003
Member of the champion team in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games
Winner of silver medal in the football competition at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Chosen “FIFA World Player of the Year” in 2001 and 2002
WUSA Founder's Cup Champion in 2003
Gold medalist in the football competition at the 2004 Athens Olympics
Career: Mia Hamm started her football career as a child. Hamm played in the rugby team of her junior high school. Ultimately she switched to football, which is known as soccer in America. Hamm played in the national team at an age of fifteen and became the youngest player ever to do so. In 1991, Hamm joined U.S. women's national team. The team won the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time. With the victory, Hamm became the youngest American woman to win a World Cup championship. Hamm was only 19 years old at that time. In 1993, as a member of the U.S. women's national college team, she competed in the Summer Universiade. In the competition, Hamm's team lost to China, winning the second place. Hamm became the leading scorer in the competition with 6 goals. Hamm has received many awards in her football career. Hamm was a member of the U.S. women's national team in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. in the Games, the U.S. football team defeated the Chinese team and won the Olympic title in the event. In 1999, the U.S. team won the FIFA Women's World Cup for the second time. In the same year, Hamm began the Mia Foundation with the aim of helping the progress of women's sports. In the 2000 Sydney Summer Games , Hamm was a member of the silver winning U.S. team in the football competition. She was chosen the “FIFA World Player of the Year” in 2001 and 2002. in 2004, Hamm scored the 150 th goal of her career. She holds the record in that category. Hamm helped the U.S. team to win a third Olympic medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics . This time the U.S. team won gold medal in the competition. Hamm was one of the long time members of the U.S. women's national team. She retired from the sport in 2004 with a stunning record of 158 international goals in 276 appearances.
Performance at the Olympics: Mia Hamm participated in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as a member of the U.S. women's national soccer team. In the Games, the U.S. team defeated China with a result of 2-1 and won the Olympic soccer title. In 2000 Sydney Summer Games Hamm helped USA to qualify for the final. Hamm's was the only goal in the semifinal match between USA and China. In the final, Hamm's team lost to Norway in overtime, and USA became the runner up in the competition. Mia Hamm and her team won gold medal in the 2004 Athens Summer Games defeating the Brazilian team 2-1 after extra time.