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How many Olympic medals did Mia Hamm win?
The American retired soccer player is not only two-time women's World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist but a female icon for women soccer of all times.
Mariel Margaret Hamm-Garciaparra most commonly known as Mia Hamm is an American retired soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Hamm: A female soccer icon
She played as a forward for the United States Women’s national soccer team from 1987 to 2004 and remembered for her all-around skill, competitive spirit and devastating goal scoring.
Having been named US female soccer player of the year five consecutive times, she was the face of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) and played in important competitions while playing in the national team such as four FIFA Women’s World Cups, having achieved the glory in two of them, starting with the inaugural in China 1991, up to her last World Cup in 2003 that took place in the US.
The 49-year-old American, retired in 2004 after playing for the American flag since 1987. She completed her international career having played 42 matches and scored 158 goals in international competitions, the most by any player, male or female, record broke by Abby Wambach in 2013.
Hamm’s Olympic debut
Hamm led the time at three Olympic Games: 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and Athens 2004. Olympics in which she achieved gold at Atlanta and Athens and silver at Sydney.
During her debut in 1996, the first Olympics to include women soccer in their program, she scored in their first preliminary round match against Denmark and was a key part to win the tournament. Despite having an injury in her foot she played the final against China, where US won it’s first gold in front of the largest crowd watching a women’s sport finals ever in the US.
In Sydney she gained prominence for scoring the winning goal in semi-finals. However, they lost the gold match against Norway, settling for silver.
Finally, in her third and last appearance in the Olympic Games she was selected to carry the American flag in the closing ceremony.