Abby Wambach is a soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. Meet Abby and other elite athletes at the AMTA 2016 National Convention, October 26-29 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Get to Know Abby
What was it like competing in the Olympics? What is your favorite memory?
It is such an unbelievable honor representing your country and getting to wear the red white and blue. We obviously had a lot of success at the Olympics and my favorite memory is sharing the podium with my teammates and hearing the national anthem in front of our friends and family.
Did you use massage therapy as part of training and competition for the Olympics?
Massage therapy is so important when it comes to recovery and preparation for competition. For so many years we did not have those types of resources with our national team and it made a huge difference when we did.
You’re known as a leader on the field. How did you keep yourself and your team inspired?
I simply played for my teammates. We all hold ourselves accountable to a high standard for each other and that is what motivated us in training and on game days.
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More About Abby
Abby Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. She was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. After winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015, Wambach retired as one of the most dominant players in the history of women’s soccer. In 2015, she was included in Time Magazine'sTime 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
AMTA 2016 National Convention Closing Session
Bringing Home the Gold: Olympians + Massage Therapy
Saturday, October 29, 2-4pm | 2 Credit Hours | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Featuring Bonnie Blair, Alicia Dana, Kerri Strug, Abby Wambach. Moderated by Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic.
Research shows massage therapy can benefit athletes of all fitness levels, and Olympic athletes are no exception. A panel of elite athletes will share how massage therapy helped them reach their Olympic dreams. The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Brent Bauer will moderate the discussion and explain the science of massage for athletes.
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