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Why Abby Wambach Doesn’t Want To Be Known ‘Just As A Soccer Player’

Over the course of her career, soccer star Abby Wambach scored 184 goals — more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. She won two Olympic gold medals and was named the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year before retiring from the sport in 2015. And yet, she says she never wanted to be known as “just as a soccer player.”

“I knew at some point that that identity would come to an end, and if I stripped that identity away, what then? Who am I then?” Wambach tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “That’s what [these] last few months have really been about for me, is emerging into the person who I really am.”

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