Hamm, Mia (1972–)
Hamm, Mia (1972–)
American soccer player. Born Mariel Margaret Hamm, Mar 17, 1972, in Selma, Alabama; dau. of William Hamm (pilot in US Air Force) and Stephanie Hamm (ballerina); graduate of University of North Carolina, 1994; m. Christiaan Corey (Marine Corps pilot), Dec 17, 1994 (div.); married Nomar Garciaparra (baseball player), 2004.
Forward; became leading scorer in world—male or femaleu—with 108 goals (May 16, 1999); was a member of US national team (1987–99); was 4-time member of NCAA women's soccer championship team (1989–93); won World Cup team championships (1991,1999); set NCAA single-season scoring record of 59 goals, 33 assists for92 points (1992); won a gold medal at Atlanta Olympics (1996), having led US national team in scoring with 9 goals, 18 assists for 27 points in 23 games (1996); won a silver medal at Sydney Olympics (2000); was a founding member of Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA); signed with the Washington Freedom (2001); won a team gold medal at Athens Olympics (2004). Named ACC tournament MVP (1989,1992), ACC Player of the Year (1990, 1992, 1993), and National Player of the Year (1992–94); received Mary Garber Award as ACC Female Athlete of the Year (1993, 1994); named US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year (1993–98); received Honda Broderick Cup as Most Outstanding Female Athlete in all college sports (1994); named MVP of the US Cup (1995); named Women's Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year (1997); won ESPN Award (1998).
See also autobiography, with Aaron Heifetz Go for the Goal (HarperCollins, 1999); Matt Christopher, On the Field with … Mia Hamm (Little, Brown, 1998); Jere Longman The Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World (HarperCollins, 2000).