Abby Wambach Quotes

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2014 was physically a tough year because I injured my knee, and you know how that goes with your emotions and the mentality.
— Abby Wambach

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A few goals is the way soccer is meant to be played.

Abby Wambach

Any good attacker will always beat a defender who's face-marking you.

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

As a competitor, I want to continue to keep turning the chapters and keep challenging myself.

Abby Wambach

As an athlete, you are literally programmed to endure a specific amount of pain.

Abby Wambach

As professional soccer players, we take our bodies to the extreme. We're the people at the gym that look like we're breaking the machines. Pushing our bodies to the limits is what makes us so strong and capable and Olympians. It's not an easy thing to consistently do over and over again to your body.

Abby Wambach

As soon as I started to realize that I could make a living playing professional soccer, I went to that place where I could torture myself because I knew it would make me better for the championship game.

Abby Wambach

At the most elite level, your nutrition becomes a lifestyle: it's not something you have to do when you're preparing for Olympic games or World Cup games - you just do it. You're more inclined to eat healthier because it's better for your muscles.

Abby Wambach

During events like the World Cup and the Olympics, I tend to get really wrapped up in my own experience to stay focused, but it's like a bubble. I don't see much outside my own perspective.

Abby Wambach

For any athlete growing up, the Olympics is the one thing you watch with your family, and it's the one thing you dream about. Seeing your country's flag go up as you get a gold medal is the best thing you can achieve.

Abby Wambach

From a pretty early age, my mother realized that I was a little bit more gifted and talented than my own age group. So, she moved me over to play with the boys' travel soccer team when I was about 11 years old.

Abby Wambach

Having different people come together and be on a team and win a world championship is literally, I think, the definition of being American.

Abby Wambach

I always think that struggle can bring out the best in people - or the worst.

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 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 don't care how many championships you've won or how many records you've broken - if you've had a hand in pushing forward not only a game but women in sport's movement, then I think that's pretty darn good.

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

I have never once dribbled the whole field and scored a goal by myself.

Abby Wambach

I haven't won a World Cup. There's things that haven't been finished, and I'm not afraid to fall flat on my face trying.

Abby Wambach

I hope we can get to a point where women players are being paid properly all around the world so the only thing they have to worry about is playing football and playing football alone.

Abby Wambach

I know that I was put on this planet to be an athlete.

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 really enjoy helping people out, and I enjoy time spent with kids.

Abby Wambach

I think making the referee aware of a situation, there is nothing wrong with that.

Abby Wambach

I think that in order to get better as an athlete and to see whatever kind of results you're after, you have to make goals. Whether you write them down or tell someone about them, it's important to set goals for yourself in order to achieve any kind of success.

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

I think, as you grow older, you have figure out the best way to utilize not only your body but your skill.

Abby Wambach

I want to do what I can to give the next generation of athletes added advantages in the game.

Abby Wambach

I want to reduce my risks as much as possible and hopefully be able to go to the World Cup fit, ready and healthy.

Abby Wambach

I would love to be a mum if I'm blessed to have children. My wife and I have those plans.

Abby Wambach

I would say Hope Solo is competitive.

Abby Wambach

I would trade all the individual awards I've won for a World Cup.

Abby Wambach

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'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

I'm not in the business of politics.

Abby Wambach

I'm not spending every second thinking about the World Cup, but it's always in my mind when I make choices and decisions.

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

I'm pretty goofy. I laugh at my own jokes.

Abby Wambach

I've always been motivated more by negative comments than by positive ones. I know what I do well. Tell me what I don't do well.

Abby Wambach

I've always had a dream of owning a restaurant.

Abby Wambach

If I can help a kid feel more comfortable in their skin because they're struggling with maybe the things I struggled with in high school, that's great.

Abby Wambach

If you break an individual record, it's because of the greatness that comes before you.

Abby Wambach

It's a heavy burden to look up at the mountain and want to start the climb.

Abby Wambach

It's always really challenging trying to go from player to player/coach. You have a kind of friendship basis of relationship with all of your teammates, and now you go to this power position where you have to make decisions that might hurt people's feelings.

Abby Wambach

My eldest sister Beth is a doctor who studied at Harvard and Columbia and played basketball for Harvard. She set the athletic and academic standard for the rest of us to follow.

Abby Wambach

My go-to karaoke? 'Alone' by Celine Dion.

Abby Wambach

My nephew has type 1 diabetes, and it's my goal and hope that in his lifetime there will be a cure for diabetes. There's no place better to give the money to than the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Abby Wambach

My parents, they're the kind of people that didn't want me to get a big head, so they just kept challenging me and challenging me.

Abby Wambach

My sole focus is to help bring a World Cup back to the U.S.

Abby Wambach

2014 was physically a tough year because I injured my knee, and you know how that goes with your emotions and the mentality.

Abby Wambach