Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her.

— Mia Hamm

The most unconventional Mia Hamm quotes to get the best of your day

Celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.

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I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.

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A winner is that person who gets up one more time than she is knocked down.

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Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.

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I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.

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The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.

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I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals.

I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.

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The backbone of success is...hard work, determination, good planning, and perserverence.

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Being a good teammate is when you try to sprint down a ball that everyone thinks is going out of bounds. But you go after it anyways and you get it.

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True champions aren't always the ones that win, but those with the most guts.

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Focus on what you know you can do. Know what you're capable of on any given day, and what you can count on. Do the simple things well, and then use the confidence to build up the rest of your game. Learn to differentiate between what is truly important and what can be dealt with at another time.

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Goals have never defined me as a player.

What has defined me is my impact on the team. If that means passing or playing defense to win, I'll do it.

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About Mia Hamm

Quotes 54 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Athlete
Birthday October 16

The most important attribute a player must have is mental toughness.

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Sports can do so much. They've given me a framework: meeting new people, confidence, self-esteem, discipline, motivation. All these things I learned, whether I knew I was learning them or not, through sports.

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No-one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success.

Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance.

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When players go out and train on their own, they usually do it at half speed.

This kind of training is valuable, but it doesn't prepare you for competition, where you must perform at full throttle. So the trick is to schedule regular sessions of intense practice, while always leaving time to juggle and generally goof around with the ball

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There are always new, grander challenges to confront, and a true winner will embrace each one.

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The team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.

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I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that's not pulling the trigger.

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The person that said winning isn't everything, never won anything.

21

Many people say I'm the best women's soccer player in the world.

I don't think so. And because of that, someday I just might be.

18

If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion.

16

Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don't settle for them.

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Learn to differentiate between what is truly important and what can be dealt with at another time.

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English muffins with avocado is one of my favorite breakfasts.

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You may get skinned knees and elbows, but it's worth it if you score a spectacular goal.

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I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.

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Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.

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It isn't sacrifice if you love what you're doing.

7

I was given a tremendous gift in terms of athleticism.

Maybe it was because I wasn't so confident in other areas.

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If a team intimidate you physically and you let them, they've won.

5

Every morning, I wake up trying to be the best mom and the best role model for my kids in a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

4

People ask me, 'Would you ever want to play professional golf?' And I'm like, 'No. No, no, no, no. Just because I can hit a good shot every now and then doesn't make me a pro.'

3

Every day I look for ways to be inspired, to learn and to grow.

And trying to be the best for my kids, my husband and my family. One thing I really wanna do is being there for my kids, be part of my siblings and my parents.

2

I'm not someone who goes around the locker room before a game trying to motivate my teammates. I don't say a lot before the game. I don't say a lot in general. It takes too much energy to do that.

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Sports are not about awards or world championships, though those are great.

They're about the relationships we have with each other.

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You're worth the investment in yourself and what you feel, you can and want to be

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If you've got hips, you can't be a gymnast or dancer. That ruled me out.

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We play because we love the game, we love each other, and we love to win.

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Sport taught me how to goal set, it really gave me a voice and identity.

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My coach said I ran like a girl, I said if he could run a little faster he could too

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Every single day I wake up and commit myself to becoming a better player.

Some days it happens, and some days it doesn't. Sure, there are games I'm going to dominate and there are going to be games when I struggle. But it doesn't mean I give up.

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Golf is social. It brings a lot of people together. And the great thing about a scramble, there's less pressure because you don't feel like every shot has to be your shot.

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Experience means you did a lot of things wrong.

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Sports can do so much. It's given me confidence, self-esteem, discipline, and motivation.

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I played soccer because my friends did. Besides we got sodas afterwards.

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I don't want to sit and look at all the trophies.

I don't want to live in the past -- I want to live now!

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I know I wouldn't be here, and all of us wouldn't be here, without certain sacrifices and certain stands that people have made -- not just women, but men stepping up and supporting what we do and how we do it.

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Golf is social. It brings a lot of people together.

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