Thursday, 03 April 2014 16:42

Lesbian Soccer Player Abby Wambach Talks About Her Public Coming Out And Her Recent Wedding

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In an interview, the lesbian soccer player Abby Wambach talked about her career, her future and in particular the world cup and the Olympic Games of 2016. She also spoke about her recent wedding and her public coming out.

Whereas a new season is officially on the point of beginning on April 13th in Washington, Abby Wambach, the soccer star who plays for the Western New York Flash and also for the National team, recently granted to USA Todayan interview.

She in particular spoke about her motivation for the world cup in Canada the next year and of course she already thinks of the Olympic Games of Brazil in 2016.

"I will be the fittest I've ever been. I'll be the hungriest that I've ever been and I'll do whatever it takes for the team to win." Wambach says about the World Cup. "If that's a different role than I've ever been used to, then that's something I have to accept because at the end of the day it's not about one person, I can't win a World Cup by myself.

"It's going to be about the 11 (players) on the field and the nine on the bench that will help us win games and continue on in that tournament."

She also evoked her wedding with Sara Huffman performed in Hawaii in last fall.

"We wanted a destination wedding and we wanted a place where people would actually choose to spend money on themselves to go and have a good time. […] It was a special time not only for Sarah and I but my whole family to get away, leave the kids at home, you know? Being a parent of six or three or four (children), whatever it is, it's not easy, so to get away for five days it was a special time and something for sure I'll never forget."

About her public coming out, she explained to the journalist why that had not changed anything at all. The most important for her is to be happy.

"It hasn't been different at all. It hasn't felt different at all and it's not like it's something I've been hiding. I feel it was a surprise for other people. For them it might be different. I don't know. Frankly, I hope it's different in a positive way, and if it's not, I'm not going to tell people how to live their life and I surely wouldn't tell people my life is the way you should be living. People get to choose what they do want to do with their life and I appreciated that. My parents can attest to this: I wanted to make my choices even as a teenager, and I'm happy (now). At the end of the day, that's all that matters," Wambach said.

Then she also entrusted to feel a kind of pressure to become an activist of LGBT rights but did not want this role, being not interested in politics, but she explains: "I want my legacy to be about the soccer and if I can help people be happier in life in any capacity, awesome. If I can help a kid feel more comfortable in their skin because they're struggling with maybe the things I struggled with in high school, that's great. But my hope is that it's a topic, it's a conversation, that's kind of in the past."

Abby Wambach will play in exhibitions for the U.S. in Denver on April 6 and San Diego on April 10.

photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP