22 Poignant Mia Hamm Quotes That Will Inspire Girls of All Ages

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I'm Going To Recite These Mia Hamm Quotes to My Children One Day

I remember idolizing Mia Hamm starting in the third grade.

I was an avid soccer player, I loved the sport and teammates dearly. On multiple occasions I would skip theater class, music recitals, and other sports just to play soccer at recess. It was a big deal when one day I went to soccer camp and Mia Hamm was there.

I don't have kids today but if I do, I hope they play soccer. And if they don't, I'll still recite Mia Hamm quotes to them. She was a superb athlete and showed enormous dedication to her team, soccer, and her country...how could you forget that World Cup win? She changed the game for women and was a female athlete that showed girls everywhere they too could succeed in sports. So if you have a person in your life that needs motivation or a young child who wants to become the next superstar soccer player, share these Mia Hamm quotes sooner rather than later.

Mia Hamm Quotes

  • "Follow your heart and make it your decision."

  • "Things that I have learned through this game that I would share with you: that girls should have every opportunity to compete and develop as boys; that there is no substitute for hard work."

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

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

  • "It's more difficult to stay on top than to get there."

  • "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."

  • "Success breeds success."

Soccer Quotes by Mia Hamm

  • "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."

  • "You can't just beat a team, you have to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see you again."

  • "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."

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

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

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

  • "Soccer isn't very social. Plus, if you don't like someone on the other team, you can do something about it."

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

  • "I don't like to play rough, but I will if I have to."

Inspiring Mia Hamm Quotes

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

  • "As a mother I think you often get so caught up in trying to take care of everyone else that you forget to take care of yourself. But I'm a much better wife and mother when I take the time to care for myself."

  • "I don't like to stop. I'm a big person who looks at where the hubs are because I hate changing planes."

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

  • "It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there."

  • "Don't be that dime a dozen, you know? Just go after it, be yourself, be unique. People are looking for the extraordinary. People are looking to see what sets you apart."

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