Zitat des Tages von 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.
The minute you step off that podium is the minute you start preparing for the next world championship. That's kind of how I work. You celebrate for a brief moment, then you move on.
When you can score three goals without the most prolific scorer in the world, you know you have a lot of depth, and it gives you confidence.
When you're a pro athlete, life is very narcissistic - everything relates back to you and how you play. When you are getting out of pro sports, you suddenly have to get a little more mindful of what's going on around you and how you affect the rest of the world.
The growth of women's soccer and women's sports all around the world has been slow.
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.
I'm not spending every second thinking about the World Cup, but it's always in my mind when I make choices and decisions.
Sometimes when you fail, it allows you the opportunity to grow more motivation and get more intense about your training.
I want to do what I can to give the next generation of athletes added advantages in the game.
I am going to change the world, and I'm talking to everybody in the possible world that I can get to that can help me to do that.
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.
I'm fiercely patriotic, and the flag and the anthem is something that I really, really respect.
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.
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.
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.
I want my legacy to be about the soccer, and if I can help people be happier in life in any capacity, awesome.
International friendlies, they mean something, but what you want is to play on the biggest stage, play under the lights.
When I was really young, the women's national team wasn't on a grand media stage, so my role models were male basketball and male American football players.
A few goals is the way soccer is meant to be played.
The most important thing is to get better at your craft, and concussions and head impacts are a setback.
I think I take on a little more responsibility when push comes to shove. I'm not scared to fail.
I'm not in the business of politics.
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.
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.
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.
Nobody is offered a World Cup.
I would say Hope Solo is competitive.
I know that I was put on this planet to be an athlete.
One thing I love to do when I'm working out is take my watch off, take my heart strap off, and just run - not for time, not for exertion, but just to get the blood flowing.
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.
People don't understand that the feel of the surface is so important for a footballer. The ball travels on the surface; our feet move on the surface - all of that goes into how the game is actually played.
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.
Forever, it was just soccer - passion, life, love. Then I got married, and I had to transfer some of my energy. I want to be my best for my country, but I also made a really big promise and choice to be the best in my marriage. That has not always been the easiest thing to manage.
You know me, I'm not that kind of person that cares to unveil all of my personal things to the world because frankly, in terms of my soccer, it doesn't matter.
I want to reduce my risks as much as possible and hopefully be able to go to the World Cup fit, ready and healthy.
It's a heavy burden to look up at the mountain and want to start the climb.