74+ Best Mia Hamm Quotes: Exclusive Selection

As a soccer icon, Mariel Margaret Hamm-Garciaparra is an American retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. Inspirational Mia Hamm quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Most Famous Mia Hamm Quotes

I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down. – Mia Hamm

I could sit there and eat pasta all day long and not worry about it when I was younger, and now I really have to focus on making sure I set a good example for my kids. – Mia Hamm

Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her. – Mia Hamm

Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don’t settle for them. – Mia Hamm

No-one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance. – Mia Hamm

You’re worth the investment in yourself and what you feel, you can and want to be – Mia Hamm

I am happy that the young girls have a lot more choices these days and an opportunity to feel better about themselves. – Mia Hamm

I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down. – Mia Hamm

Sports can do so much. It’s given me confidence, self-esteem, discipline, and motivation. – Mia Hamm

Sports have become increasingly more specialized, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be fun. – Mia Hamm

I don’t like to stop. I’m a big person who looks at where the hubs are because I hate changing planes. – Mia Hamm

I got to experience soccer at the highest level at a young age; I decided I wanted to be part of that for as long as possible. – Mia Hamm

I played basketball and soccer my freshman year in high school. – Mia Hamm

If you’ve got hips, you can’t be a gymnast or dancer. That ruled me out. – Mia Hamm

I played soccer because my friends did. Besides we got sodas afterwards. – Mia Hamm

I love watching gymnastics, swimming, and track and field. – Mia Hamm

Chicken, brown rice, and veggies is a great healthy dinner option. It’s full of whole grains and protein and will keep you full for a long time. – Mia Hamm

I hope all you young girls see yourself up there… we were just like you. – Mia Hamm

English muffins with avocado is one of my favorite breakfasts. – Mia Hamm

I don’t want to sit and look at all the trophies. I don’t want to live in the past — I want to live now! – Mia Hamm

Golf is social. It brings a lot of people together. And the great thing about a scramble, there’s less pressure because you don’t feel like every shot has to be your shot. – Mia Hamm

Sport taught me how to goal set, it really gave me a voice and identity. – Mia Hamm

The person that said winning isn’t everything, never won anything. – Mia Hamm

When players go out and train on their own, they usually do it at half speed. This kind of training is valuable, but it doesn’t prepare you for competition, where you must perform at full throttle. So, the trick is to schedule regular sessions of intense practice, while always leaving time to juggle and generally goof around with the ball – Mia Hamm

Many people say I’m the best women’s soccer player in the world. I don’t think so. And because of that, someday I just might be. – Mia Hamm

There are always new, grander challenges to confront, and a true winner will embrace each one. – Mia Hamm

Learn to differentiate between what is truly important and what can be dealt with at another time. – Mia Hamm

It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there. – Mia Hamm

You may get skinned knees and elbows, but it’s worth it if you score a spectacular goal. – Mia Hamm

Experience means you did a lot of things wrong. – Mia Hamm

I know I wouldn’t be here, and all of us wouldn’t be here, without certain sacrifices and certain stands that people have made — not just women, but men stepping up and supporting what we do and how we do it. – Mia Hamm

I was given a tremendous gift in terms of athleticism. Maybe it was because I wasn’t so confident in other areas. – Mia Hamm

If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion. – Mia Hamm

Every day I look for ways to be inspired, to learn and to grow. And trying to be the best for my kids, my husband and my family. One thing I really wanna do is being there for my kids, be part of my siblings and my parents. – Mia Hamm

Follow your heart and make it your decision. – Mia Hamm

I don’t like to play rough, but I will if I have to. – Mia Hamm

I play for the intense challenges that the game on the highest levels present. The whole team enjoys playing exciting soccer for the fans and my part in that makes me feel good about myself. The whole concept of teamwork is what keeps us all going. It’s my role to create scoring chances, and to come through for my teammates is extremely satisfying. – Mia Hamm

Every morning, I wake up trying to be the best mom and the best role model for my kids in a healthy diet and active lifestyle. – Mia Hamm

People ask me, ‘Would you ever want to play professional golf?’ And I’m like, ‘No. No, no, no, no. Just because I can hit a good shot every now and then doesn’t make me a pro.’ – Mia Hamm

I could just have chips and salsa for dinner every day. – Mia Hamm

If a team intimidate you physically and you let them, they’ve won. – Mia Hamm

Soccer isn’t very social. Plus, if you don’t like someone on the other team, you can do something about it. – Mia Hamm

Success breeds success. – Mia Hamm

I’m not someone who goes around the locker room before a game trying to motivate my teammates. I don’t say a lot before the game. I don’t say a lot in general. It takes too much energy to do that. – Mia Hamm

My coach said I ran like a girl, I said if he could run a little faster, he could too – Mia Hamm

Celebrate what you’ve accomplished but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed. – Mia Hamm

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. – Mia Hamm

A winner is that person who gets up one more time than she is knocked down. – Mia Hamm

Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it. – Mia Hamm

The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking. – Mia Hamm

I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. – Mia Hamm

The backbone of success is…hard work, determination, good planning, and perseverance. – Mia Hamm

I’m a part of a team, and I’m no better or any worse than any single player on this team. That’s the approach I’ve always had and will continue to have. It’s not about me. It has never been all about me. If it had, this would have been a really lonely journey. – Mia Hamm

You can’t just beat a team; you have to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see you again. – Mia Hamm

Being a good teammate is when you try to sprint down a ball that everyone thinks is going out of bounds. But you go after it anyways and you get it. – Mia Hamm

Sports are not about awards or world championships, though those are great. They’re about the relationships we have with each other. – Mia Hamm

True champions aren’t always the ones that win, but those with the most guts. – Mia Hamm

Every single day I wake up and commit myself to becoming a better player. Some days it happens, and some days it doesn’t. Sure, there are games I’m going to dominate and there are going to be games when I struggle. But it doesn’t mean I give up. – Mia Hamm

Good players create opportunities. The great players and the great people seize them – Mia Hamm

Focus on what you know you can do. Know what you’re capable of on any given day, and what you can count on. Do the simple things well, and then use the confidence to build up the rest of your game. Learn to differentiate between what is truly important and what can be dealt with at another time. – Mia Hamm

After each game, I want to be able to say: I gave it all I could, I gave it my best. – Mia Hamm

Goals have never defined me as a player. What has defined me is my impact on the team. If that means passing or playing defense to win, I’ll do it. – Mia Hamm

We play because we love the game, we love each other, and we love to win. – Mia Hamm

The team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. – Mia Hamm

The most important attribute a player must have is mental toughness. – Mia Hamm

I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger. – Mia Hamm

It is not sacrifice if you love what you’re doing. – Mia Hamm

I make a lot of mistakes, too, and I’m constantly re-evaluating how I’m doing things and trying to be better every day, whether it’s as a mom or taking care of myself. – Mia Hamm

As a mother I think you often get so caught up in trying to take care of everyone else that you forget to take care of yourself. But I’m a much better wife and mother when I take the time to take care of myself. – Mia Hamm

I was this shy, introverted kid and through the game and through athletics I was able to gain a lot more confidence and express myself on the field. It is about enjoying themselves and that’s what I could tell about all of these girls. They played hard, respected the game and just had fun doing it. – Mia Hamm

To me, one of the reasons we were so successful was that we respected and cared about the game and felt the same way about each other, … (Teammates) always understood there was a greater purpose. That the opportunity to play was extremely special, and let’s try to make sure as many young girls have that opportunity. – Mia Hamm

This is emotional, and I’m truly speechless, … I was expecting to be a follower tomorrow night, just to go wherever I was pointed, and now I’m carrying the flag. It’s a tremendous honor and I thank my fellow Olympians for thinking of me. – Mia Hamm

This is the last time I will get to play with this group of players. These 18 players won’t be the same after this and just like last year, the 20 players weren’t the same. Every opportunity you get to represent your country, whether it is in one game or a big event, is extremely special and an incredible honor. This tournament is no different. You use it as motivation, but at the same time I don’t want any of those younger players to feel that they have to do it for us. – Mia Hamm

I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and to be able to do it as long as I’ve had, I’ve had a lot of support from my family. The game has yet to see so much more growth. – Mia Hamm

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