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Abby Wambach Biography

Birth Name:
Mary Abigail Wambach
Birth Place:
Pittsford, New York, United States
Profession
Soccer player

Fast Facts

  • Began playing in soccer leagues at age 4, and was transferred from the girls' team to the boys' after scoring 27 goals in three games
  • Was a four-year varsity starter for her high-school basketball team
  • Led the Florida Gators to the NCAA Final Four in her senior year
  • Was the second player selected in the 2002 WUSA draft; named Rookie of the Year
  • Won a gold medal as part of the U
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  • national team at the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics; was poised to compete in the 2008 Olympics but was sidelined by a leg injury
  • Scored her 100th international goal on July 19, 2009
  • Named Associated Press 2011 Female Athlete of the Year (was the first individual soccer player to take the honor), and also selected as 2011 female U
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  • Soccer Athlete of the Year, marking her fifth such award, and second in a row
  • Inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2012
  • Became an ambassador for Athlete Ally in 2013

Relationships

  • Andy Wambach -- Brother
  • Matthew Wambach -- Brother
  • Patrick Wambach -- Brother
  • Peter Wambach -- Brother
  • Sarah Huffman -- Ex-wife
  • Pete Wambach -- Father
  • Judy Wambach -- Mother
  • Beth Wambach -- Sister
  • Laura Wambach -- Sister
  • Glennon Doyle Melton -- Wife