Happy birthday to soccer legend Abby Wambach; the two-time
Olympic gold medalist and FIFA world champion turns 37 today!
Abby Wambach holds an American flag as she points out to the crowd (x).
Abby was born in Rochester, New York on June 2, 1980. As the
youngest of seven siblings, she recalls athleticism and teamwork being a family
tradition. After beginning to play soccer at the age of four, Abby’s natural
talent was quickly discovered and she became a local sports legend
in her family’s suburb of Pittsford. She went on to be recruited by the University
of Florida’s women’s soccer team in 1997, where she played for the next four
After college, Abby began playing soccer professionally
first for Washington Freedom and later magicJack, and the Western New York
Flash. She competed in six international competitions throughout her career – four
FIFA Women’s World Cup competitions, the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and the
2012 Olympic Games in London. Abby lead the USA Women’s Team to three out of
six wins in those international competitions, bringing home the 2015 FIFA World
Cup and the Gold medal in both the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games. In 2011, she
became the very first soccer play to be named Athlete of the Year by the
Associated Press and she became only the fourth woman to ever be named the FIFA
World Player of the Year in 2012!
Abby photographed with her now wife, Glennon Doyle Melton (x).
Abby officially announced her retirement from soccer in
October of 2015, but she didn’t play her last game until December of that year
when the USA Women’s Team played the last match of their FIFA Victory Tour. Her bestselling autobiography, Forward, was released in 2016 and
just recently she was married to her girlfriend, author Glennon Doyle
Melton, on May 14, 2017.