All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Mia Hamm

All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Mia Hamm

Ultimate Athlete

All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Mia Hamm


We're counting down the Top 10 male and female all-time Ultimate Athletes. Previously: Lolo Jones, LeBron James, Mary Lou Retton, Michael Jordan, Cheryl Miller, Ray Lewis, Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Allen Iverson, Bonnie Blair, Dave Winfield, Mary Decker Slaney, Jim Brown, Lisa Leslie and Joe Mauer.

3. Mia Hamm

At 15, she was the youngest woman to play for the United States Woman's national soccer team. She won four NCAA titles at North Carolina, two World Cups and two Olympic gold medals in soccer.

Why Her: Hamm, who played several sports as a child, is widely considered the greatest all-around women's soccer player in history and a pioneer for women's sports.

Ultimate Moment: On May 22, 1999, Hamm scored her 108th career goal to pass Italy's Elisabetta Vignotto and become the world's all-time leading goal-scorer. Hamm's record has since been surpassed by Abby Wambach.

Funky Fact: As a kid, Hamm wore casts to help correct her partial club foot.


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