On the Field with Mia Hamm
By Matt Christopher
1998 Little, Brown Books
Mia Hamm is famous because she one of the best female soccer players of all time.
The characteristics that helped make Mia Hamm successful were her natural talent at the sport of soccer, being hard working and driven, and being dedicated to her sport. These characteristics not only made her a famous player, but made her a role model for young girls like me.
I learned that soccer did not used to be a sport played by girls in the United States. When Mia Hamm first started playing soccer, she often had to play on boys’ teams because there wasn’t a girls’ team. Now, though, soccer has become much more popular in the United States and there are teams for both boys and girls.
The experiences that made Mia Hamm great were: (1) winning the World Cup Championship; (2) Winning a gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics; (3) Winning the silver medal in the Sydney Olympics 4 years later.
No, I don’t really feel that differently after reading this book. Before reading the book, I knew that Mia Hamm was a famous soccer player. And to be a famous soccer player, you have to be really good. So I wasn’t surprised by all of her achievements. However, I still learned a lot because I did not know all of these facts and I didn’t know just how many big games and titles she won.
The part of Mia Hamm’s life that I admire the most is that even though she moved around a lot, she never seemed to get upset about it. She always managed to keep a positive attitude and find another team to join.
The five things I learned about Mia Hamm are:
1. She was on 15 different soccer teams
2. She played in 2 Olympics
3. She had the assist to the winning goal for the Women’s World Cup 4. She graduated from college and got married right after graduation (but later divorced). 5. He brother died of a rare disease the year after she won the Gold in the Olympics.
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