Q&A with Mia Hamm

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Fempower Q&A’s: Hi, Mia! We’re thrilled to have you on Fempower Q&A’s. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

 

Mia Hamm: I spend most of my time helping parent our three wonderful children with my husband. I am fortunate enough to still be very involved in the sport I love (soccer) as a coach (Team First Soccer Academy), advisor (AS Roma) and as a part owner (LAFC). The game of soccer has been so good to me and I just hope to continue to help grow it in this country and abroad.

 

FQA: What obstacles have you faced in order to reach the very high and competitive level of soccer that you did?

MH: The hardest thing growing up was finding places to play at a high level since our family moved a lot. In fact, soccer was the one constant in my life and it enabled me to meet so many great people and open up so many wonderful doors for me.

 

FQA: Was there any point in your soccer career when you wanted to give up? 

MH: If so, how did you overcome this? I faced adversity like a lot of people do in sport but I never considered giving up. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by such a great family, terrific friends, and teammates that helped me though the tough times.

 

FQA: In your opinion, what makes someone a great leader? 

MH: I think leaders come in all shapes and sizes. There is no magic formula but you must lead by example. You also need to be caring and connected to those that you are leading in order to be effective.

 

FQA: What projects are you currently working on? 

MH: Mia Hamm Foundation and its missions is always near and dear to my heart. I am also dedicating a lot of time to our Team First Soccer Academies so that we can instill the correct skills and values in the next generation of girls that love this game.

 

FQA: What was the best part about playing for on the US Women’s National soccer team? 

MH: My favorite part was being able to represent this great country with a group of women that I loved and admired. There is no greater honor than to wear the Red, White and Blue.

 

FQA: Who is your hero/heroine? 

MH: Aside from my parents, my hero was probably my brother, Garrett, who passed away from complications of a bone marrow transplant. He was such a great athlete and kind person but most importantly, he handled his disease and lot in life with such grace. He was such an inspiration to all of us. 

 

Follow Mia on twitter: @MiaHamm

Mia Hamm Foundation: http://www.miafoundation.org/index/

 

Image: http://www.miafoundation.org/index/

 

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Q&A with Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic figure skating champion

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Melissa Seymour: Hi, Kristi! Thanks for speaking with us today. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

Kristi Yamaguchi: I’m an Olympic Gold medalist in figure skating and mom of two daughters, ages eight and ten. I’m also the founder of the Always Dream Foundation, and Tsu.ya by Kristi Yamaguchi active wear. I am also the author of two children’s books called Dream Big Little Pig! and It’s a Big World Little Pig!

MS: Could you tell us about the 1992 Olympics? What was it like discovering that you won? Can you remember the moment or how you were feeling throughout your routine?

KY: It was an incredible honor to represent our country at the Olympics. My coach Christy Ness and I were backstage when we heard the news and we pretty much just screamed with elation. Every emotion imaginable went through my mind.

MS: Why did you decide to create the Always Dream Foundation?

KY: I worked closely with the Make A Wish Foundation after the Olympics. I love working with the kids and their families and realized that I could make a difference. That inspired me to start Always Dream. To make a positive impact in the lives of children.

MS: You’re an Olympic Champion, author, artist, mom, philanthropist, and now you have your own clothing collection! Do you have any advice for those trying to juggle many passions?

KY: It’s tough to juggle. My advice is to figure out what your priorities are and go from there. I keep my family in #1 and let everything filter down from there. And make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew. I do that sometimes and that’s when it gets stressful.

MS: We would love to hear about your 2014 Fall/Winter TsuYa Collection. What was your inspiration behind this collection?

KY: Soft, warm, and comfortable were inspirations. Our colors are a teal, a deep pink (sterling), heather grey, black and white. Along with some intricate functional active pieces we have some cute cozy layering pieces. We are proud that Tsu.ya is a product with purpose with a portion of proceeds going to support the work of the Always Dream Foundation. http://Www.tsuyabrand.com and http://www.always dream.org.

MS: What’s your favorite piece in this year’s collection? Why?

KY: It’s hard to pick just one. I’d probably go with our Mica jacket in French terry. It’s moto inspired and adds some edge to the collection.

MS: Who is your hero?

KY: My mom is my hero. She’s selfless and giving and always thinking of others. An amazing mom for me to aim to be like.

Thank you so much, Kristi!

 

For more information, check out Kristi’s website here: http://kristiyamaguchi.com/

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Featuring: USA Women’s hockey goaltender, Jessie Vetter

Jessie Vetter is a member of the 2014 United States Women’s National ice hockey team. She’s a 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist, Three-time NCAA champion, and also a spokeswoman for the American Family Children’s hospital. Check out the interview below to learn more about Vetter’s Olympic experience, her hero, how she prepares for a game, and much more!

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Melissa Seymour: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do!

Jessie Vetter: I grew up in Cottage Grove, WI. I have three brothers that helped grow my love for sports. I’ve been playing hockey since I was five years old and played with the boys all the way through high school. I attended the University of Wisconsin to play hockey. Now I’m a member of the 2014 Olympic team.

MS: What’s it like being on the USA Women’s Hockey team?

JV: It is an honor to represent your country and be a member of team USA. I still get goose bumps every time I put on the USA jersey. I’ve made some great friends and the memories we’ve made over the years on and off the ice will be with me forever.

MS: What’s the best part about your team?

JV: The Olympics are unbelievable! I’m looking forward to meeting all of the athletes and my favorite moment is walking out during Opening ceremonies with all of the US athletes and hearing the United States of America anthem.

MS: How do you prepare before a game?

JV: I don’t do anything specific before a game. I just get a coffee before the bus trip, juggle the soccer ball before we get dressed to go on the ice and joke around with my teammates.

MS: What challenges have you faced in your hockey career?

JV: Growing up, I played hockey with the boys because there weren’t any girls on the team at that time.

MS: Who is your hero/heroine?

JV: My family is my hero. They’ve supported me over the years and I couldn’t do what I do with out them.

MS: Do you have any advice for young women hoping to play for the Olympic team like you?

JV: Work hard…don’t give up…have fun!

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