Two-time Olympic Soccer Gold Medalist
Career Highlights: Abby Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most recognized women in soccer – as she was included in the 2015 “Time 100 List” as one of the most influential people in the world. A six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Wambach was a regular on the U.S. national soccer team since 2001 before retiring in 2015. She currently stands as the highest all-time goal scorer for the national team and holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer players with 184. Named the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, Wambach competed in four World Cup tournaments, winning the gold medal at the 2015 World Cup in Canada. Known for scoring goals with diving headers, Wambach’s last-minute goal at the 2011 World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil was named ESPN’s 2011 ESPY Award for Best Play of the Year. In 2011, she became the first soccer player ever to be named AP Athlete of the Year. Wambach also played professionally for the Washington Free, majicJack and the Western New York Flash.