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The essence of Mia

Updated: June 22, 2012, 11:10 AM ET
By Julie Foudy | espnW

I would bet a fine dinner (without kids) and my left leg (just a kickstand anyway) that, upon learning she has been chosen as the No. 1 female athlete of the past 40 years, Mia Hamm will shake her head, smile sheepishly and say, with a hint of incredulity, "Really?! That cannot be true with all the great female athletes of this era."

And that is the essence of Mia. It is why she transcended sports. It is why she is so beloved. It is why I constantly thank her for providing the ...

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