Quotes by: Abby Wambach

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Abby Wambach
Wambach warming up for an international friendly match against Canada, September 2011
Personal information
Full name Mary Abigail Wambach[1][2]
Date of birth (1980-06-02) June 2, 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Rochester, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1994–98 Our Lady of Mercy High School
1995–97 Rochester Spirit
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 University of Florida
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Washington Freedom 37 (23)
2009–2010 Washington Freedom 39 (21)
2011 magicJack 11 (9)
2013–2014 Western New York Flash 29 (17)
Total 116 (70)
National team‡
2001–2015 United States 255 (184)
Teams managed
2011 magicJack (Player-coach)

I'm a pretty decent cook. I like to grill. I have a smoker that I love. I love me some steak. And I'll make a huge salad with a ton of vegetables.
Abby Wambach
I think I take on a little more responsibility when push comes to shove. I'm not scared to fail.
Abby Wambach
Sometimes if you have a coach or team-mates for too long, you get caught in certain routines. I think it's good to shake up things a little bit.
Abby Wambach
I have a unique ability to predict the flight of the ball, and my teammates have a unique ability to find me.
Abby Wambach
It's a heavy burden to look up at the mountain and want to start the climb.
Abby Wambach
I'm honestly not the kind of person who wants to step up to a podium, test the microphone and be like, 'Hey, I'm homosexual and this is who I am, hear me roar.' That's not who I am.
Abby Wambach
Considering retirement is like skirting with the reality of what's to come, and I think that's why so many athletes decide to do more introspection at that point.
Abby Wambach
I can't speak for other people, but for me, I feel like gone are the days that you need to come out of a closet. I never felt like I was in a closet. I never did. I always felt comfortable with who I am and the decisions I made.
Abby Wambach
I am not a politician by nature, but I will say I think there need to be more women in FIFA, and I would be open to having those conversations when the time is right.
Abby Wambach
I'm not sure if I'm going to get into coaching. I'm sure I'll stay in soccer somehow.
Abby Wambach
People don't understand that the feel of the surface is so important for a footballer. The ball travels on the surface; our feet move on the surface - all of that goes into how the game is actually played.
Abby Wambach
The truth is, I've been on a team my whole life. I'm the youngest of 7, so I've been training to be an athlete my whole life.
Abby Wambach
Whenever you get to win, you feel the satisfaction of all of your hard work, all the sacrifices, all the blood, sweat and tears. It feels right and makes you realise that you are really doing the right thing.
Abby Wambach
I think there's so much emphasis on body image and results and outcome, but really what you should be after is to be healthy and to feel good about yourself.
Abby Wambach
People don't think an athlete nowadays can have a team-first mentality and I do.
Abby Wambach
When you're younger and traveling and visiting new countries and cities, that stuff is exciting; it's flashy, it's shiny, but I always had this separation between who I was as a person and who I was as a player.
Abby Wambach
I know that I'll end up being a role model for many, many people out there for all kinds of reasons.
Abby Wambach
I'm fiercely patriotic, and the flag and the anthem is something that I really, really respect.
Abby Wambach
Your heart can only take you so far - sometimes the physical body tells you otherwise.
Abby Wambach
Any little touch a defender can make on me when I'm in the air literally moves me. On the ground, I can use my muscle, but in the air, it's harder to fight that off.
Abby Wambach
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