Mia Hamm is famed as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. As a former Women’s National Team player and captain, she set records for the sport of soccer that had never been seen before.
Born Mariel Margaret Hamm (Mia), she was the fourth of six children, getting to that point wasn’t easy. Hamm faced struggles from an early age. She was born with a club foot, a condition in which the foot turns inward, which required corrective braces as a toddler. This could have been the end to any future career in sports but with the help of doctors, parents and her own will, she was able to overcome her first struggle.
The noise she heard growing up never got to her.
She grew up in an Air Force family and moved around many times throughout her childhood. This did not stop her from developing a …