USWNT icon Abby Wambach sits down with Kelley O’Hara to discuss her two Olympic gold medals, World Cup Championship, and how she’s still showing up as a leader in her role as NWSL owner. 

Abby started playing soccer at 5 years old. By the time she graduated high school, she was the No. 1 recruit in the country. 

Abby talks to Kelley about her decision to go to Florida and commit to a younger program that would allow for more playing time — a decision that paid off when Abby led the Gators to a national championship over North Carolina her freshman year.

By the end of her college career, Abby racked up four SEC Championships, four All-SEC selections, two SEC Player of the Year awards, and three First-team All-American nods.

Abby went pro after college and was the WUSA Rookie of the year. She talks to Kelley about going to the 2003 World Cup with the USWNT and what it was like learning from Mia Hamm and her fellow ’99ers. The next year, Abby would once again join Team USA at the Olympics and win her first gold medal.

Kelley and Abby discuss the USWNT’s 2015 World Cup Championship, a moment that saw Abby step into the role of veteran mentor, coaching younger players, including Kelley herself. 

Abby talks with Kelley about her transition from captain on the field to leading her former teammates off the field and how she’s still fighting for pay equality, even in retirement. As an owner of the new Angel City FC, Abby may be done playing, but her impact on the NWSL is far from over.

ABBY’S RESUME:

  • Author of Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game (New York Times Best Seller) 
  • And Forward: A Memoir (New York Times Best Seller)
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion (2015)
  • FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (Ballon d’Or) (2012)
  • 2x Olympic Gold Medalist (2004, 2012)
  • ESPYS Icon Award (2016)
  • ESPY – Best Play (2011)
  • AP Female Athlete of the Year (2011)
  • Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year (2011)
  • US Soccer international goal scoring record
  • Olympic Gold Medalist, Team Co-Captain and leading scorer
  • US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year (2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • NCAA Champion (1998) 

SUGGESTED:

  • Abby Wambach breaks down what’s next for women’s soccer (WSJ)
  • About Abby Wambach (National Soccer Hall of Fame)
  • Abby Wambach’s Soccer Career In 8 Iconic Moments (NPR)

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