We had the chance to catch up with Abby Wambach of the US Women's Soccer Team. Abby is one of the few players who bridge the gap between the old school (think Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Joy Fawcett) and the new school (think Natasha Kai, Lindsay Tarpley, and Nicole Barnhart).
Abby Wambach is a scoring machine. She's put the ball in the net 98 times in the last 122 games (yeah, do the math, that's a VERY high scoring percentage) and it's only a matter of time before she tops the 100 mark.
Here's what Abby had to say:
Zimbio: Abby, you’ve been on the US National team since 2003. How would you compare the style of this year’s team with the 2004 squad that went to Athens?
Abby: It’s a total different mix of players and personalities which creates a totally different dynamic and feel on the field. It’s like comparing apples to oranges and I wouldn’t even begin to start comparing the two. Suffice it to say, 2004 was a great team and 2008 is as well.
Abby: The moment kind of came after a long, grueling match and it was one of the superb times in life when your dreams come true, when you get to help your team win a gold medal. Really, no words can explain the magnitude of that the moment and how it moved me. To be honest, I don’t remember it that clearly because of the emotions involved.
Zimbio: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions? How do you get ready for big match ups?
Abby: I have pre-game rituals, but if I told you...well, they wouldn’t be as special. But to me, getting ready for big games is about having a knowing before you start any game that you can come out a winner.
Zimbio: The Beijing Olympics are just around the corner. How’s the team feeling, what’s the mood?
Abby: The team feels great. I feel excited and what an experience it'll be to be in Beijing, with my friends, with my family, and trying to win another gold medal. The team’s mood is excellent right now. We're ready.
Zimbio: If you had a personal theme song, what would it be?
Abby: Hah, that’s a great question and I have no way of knowing how to answer it well. I'm going to put some deep thought into it so I'll have an answer the next time I get asked that one. Right now, I’m in the process of writing a bunch of songs so I’ll let you know if I come to a conclusion.
Zimbio: We hear that Pia Sundhage can play a mean guitar. Does she ever bust into song for you?
Abby: All the time, every day, and I’m always very appreciative and jealous that she can do it at will.
Zimbio: With all of your training and traveling have you been able to follow the US Presidential campaigns? Do you have any predictions for November?
Abby: Yes, I’ve been following the campaigns and my sincere hope is that Barack Obama wins.
Zimbio: Thanks Abby, and best of luck in Beijing. We hope you have another of those "magnitude" moments and bring home your second Gold. We'll be posting pictures of you and the rest of the US Women's National Team here throughout the Olympics. Good luck.