Monday, July 21, 2008

Abby's OK

She's got a titanium rod in her leg, but given the circumstances, U.S. forward Abby Wambach is doing just fine. Still in a bit of pain, yes...but she's feeling well enough to attend her first rehab session today as well as speak with the media via conference call. Click here to read some impressive quotes from Abby as talks about the injury, her confidence in her team and the immediate future. You can also go to the front page of ussoccer.com and click on a podcast of the call. Suffice it to say, Abby is a strong woman, of body and mind, and she has handled this setback with all the grace and professionalism that she has displayed while racking up 99 career goals and leading the USA in scoring in three straight world championships. Let us not forget that the U.S. lost two other important players to major injuries right before the Olympic Team was chosen in defender Cat Whitehill and midfielder Leslie Osborne, both of whom have also dealt extremely well with their injuries. Both Cat and Leslie are already well into their rehabilitation and comebacks. Feel free to post messages for Abby, Leslie and Cat, as well as good luck wishes to the U.S. team right here on the WNT Blog. We are sure they will read them. The team leaves for China on Wednesday, and once we get there and settled, we'll start up the Blog again to keep you up to date on the happenings of the U.S. team at the 2008 Olympics. For now, we're off to Beijing...

37 comments:

Lara said...

Abby, you're poise and strength is an inspiration to all women. You and the rest of the USWNT are examples on what true professional athletes should be. You put your heart into the game, never complain, never roll around in *agony* every time you get fouled (I won't name names, ha!), and I'm confident you will bounce back from this injury as strong as ever. I've been rehabing a dislocated knee cap for 6 months now so I know how you must feel. Stay positive, and good luck in Beijing team!

chris said...

My daughters and I are wishing you all the best with a smooth and successful recovery. Thank you for being a great role model for the many girls in this country and around the world. You have handled the situation with dignity and strength. You are in our thoughts and we wish you nothing but success. In addition, thanks to the blog writers for mentioning the loss of Cat Whitehill and Leslie Osbourne...they deserve our best wishes too.

Dustin said...

Right before getting 100 Goals!??!! COME ON!!! Get well soon Abby, now you get to see what it's like to be a fan, nervously watching every minute of every game. Good luck ladies, bring home the Gold!

Pendray said...

I am glad to hear that Aby's surgery went well. I wish her well for her recovery.

Kadee11 said...

Abby, Cat and Leslie...get well soon!! I wish all of you a healthy and speedy recovery. As each of you got hurt I was hoping it would be the last injury for this team before the Olympics, but I guess even you guys can't even get away from the "bad things happen in three's" idea. The Olympics won't be the same without you guys but I can't wait to watch this team pull together to win Gold :-) You've all worked so hard and done so much for this team and I know when you come back it won't be anything less...good luck!

Laura said...

Abby, you impress me with what you said about getting injured and how you are responding! You are, as well as your teammates are the GREATEST role models for you daughters! I hope you a speedy and healthy recovery, it sounds like you are in great hands, and will definitely be watching the WNT in the Olympics as well as all of their other games.
You are an inspiration to all young women, and men, athletes!
God bless you, your family and the team!
Win the Gold ladies!!!!

Christine[aka Tobin Heath's #1 fan] said...

Good luck to the entire team in China, I'll be there rooting for you and I'm sure you all can bring back the gold. To Abby, Cat, and Leslie, I hope you all have speedy recoveries.

GO USA!

womanikan said...

You all are amazing. I think i speak for a lot of people when i say that my heart sank after hearing the news, but I agree wholeheartedly with what Pia and Abby have said. The teams chances at gold are far from over. Wathcing you all change your methodology and run the bench like you've been doing builds confindence in me as it should all USWNT fans. I will say that I don't know if that "really real" promotion you're running is true anymore, because the way Abby handled that collision was anything but typical. I guess that speaks leaps and bounds for her character. The best of luck from one of countless fans.Look forward to seeing you all with the Gold!!!

JACKIE LOVES SOCCER said...

First off, Abby, Leslie and Cat I hope you guys are feeling better and I hope everything is going well. Im sooooo sad that you guys won't be able to play in the olympics. ABBY I hope your able to come back real soon and get that ONE OH OH on your goals list :D ( make it a header !!)

I just wanted to let you guys know that USWNT are my role models and you guys are sooo funny and someday i hope to meet you guys :(

but for now good luck and i hope you guys feel better. BRING ON THE GOLD BEIJING TEAM !!! Ill be cheering you guys on at 4 am !! :D

(hckm5n) Young Hope Solo said...

Cat, Leslie and Abby!
I hope you all make a quick comebacks! Cat, are one of my favorite players!! Thanks for being such good role models!
Best of luck!

Emily(LOVES US SOCCER) said...

Abby, Cat and Leslie,

I'm sorry about your injuries. I hope all of you guys have a great recovery and i still believe we can do it and bring home the Gold! You guys are tough and i'm proud to call you guys my role models!

-Emily

Adam said...

Abby, Cat, and Leslie, get well soon. Your poise and strength in the face of such untimely adversity is why people love to follow this team. And follow them we will. Bring home the gold ladies!

heather said...

Best of luck to Abby, Leslie, and Cat. Hope to see them back on the field soon. I was lucky enough to see them play in cary this year it was an experience ill never forget.Good luck to the rest of the team in Beijing bring us home the Gold.

yanet said...

Abby, I wish you the best of luck with your recovery and don't worry about the Olympics, there is always a next time.
Come on US Bring home the GOLD!!!!
GOOD LUCK LADIES!!!!
You Guys ROCK!!!

Carmen said...

Im so glad to hear that all three players are doing well. Leslie, Catherine, & Abby I wish you all the best and I pray the healing process goes well. I’m sure each of you will come back stronger, fitter & better players.

Abby, I admire your courageous & encouraging words. There is no doubt in my mind that you will be back for the WPS league. Your words have inspired & have truly changed the way of women sports believe it or not.

Keep up the good work.

All the best,
- Carmen
Rockville, Maryland

Andrea said...

Thank you Abby, Cat, and Leslie you three are phenomenal players and women thanks for getting the U.S. this far, you ladies are amazing, get well soon! As for the rest of the USWNT go show the world what we got and prove to them we aren't one trick ponies and missing key players won't drag you down. We have faith in you go try and make us more proud than we already are. Don't forget there are tons of us rooting for you ladies back home go for the gold and ignore the haters! USA!

T said...

Abby, Cat and Leslie Luv 2U & get well soon! To the WNT go kick some butt for all of us,we have fath you can do it!!!

Changy 12 said...

The facebook group wishes Abby, Cat, and Leslie the best of luck with your injuries. It's unfortunate that we had to lose you guys, especially so close to the olympics, but we're all looking forward to seeing you guys play when you are all recovered. Keep on fighting ! We know that you guys won't let these injuries prevent you from coming back and playing the game you know best. You guys are all amazing and we can't wait till you guys are back on your feet.

Also to the team, we know you guys can do it. and whatever the outcome in the olympics, you guys are and always will be number one in our books. regardless of the media, you guys still have a very good chance at winning gold. we'll be watching you guys play at 1am in the olympics... good thing it's summer time and we don't have school.

Impedient said...

It's definitely good to know that she's doing fine and she will definitely do fine because we all know that Abby's a tough ball!

Hope we can see some of Abby when she returns for the WPL in the fall/summer of 2009!

Have a good recovery, Abby and GO USA!

KNU50 said...

Team USA, I was at the last game, and the demeanor of the team, Coach Sundage, all the assistant coaches, training staff, Doc, and the support staff was 100% ready....Ready to finish what this group of women has begun. Abby Wambach's role remains, however different it may be. Physical strength and skill can be equated among the best in the world. It is mentally what differentiates the champions from the others. This team has already shown their opponents a bit of what is to come. They beat Brazil in a friendly that was played at the highest level. This USA team has not treated any game leading to these Olympics as a "practice." We are ready...TEAM, COUNTRY, WORLD, GOLD!

Cyn said...

I wish you all a speedy recovery... I was at the game and I want to say you handle yourself so well Abby! You stayed so Positive and showed the team you had so much confidence in them, your amazing! Leslie and Cat hurry back we all miss you =] Good Luck Ladies and best wishes...

Kelly said...

I just wanted to say hope the 3 of you get well soon. i shattered my fibula last yr in January. but ive gotten better. well anyways. good luck in the olympics everyone.

taurus83 said...

Three month’s ago i break my tibia in the upper extremity in a soccer game so I know how you must feel. For me was a hard time. Now your strength is more inspiration to me. So I will bounce back from this injury as soon as possible. I wish you all the best and I hope to see you back soon on the field. Good luck for the team for the Olympic Games. (I’m sorry for my bad english ;O) )

harrison said...

Abby, you are truly a role model for me and the world. I wish you a speedy recovery and can't wait to see the next time you put on that jersey and score your 100th goal! You are physically and mentally strong and i know you'll bounce back with even more passion for thiis game!
Good luck with recovery and i cant wait to see this team bring back gold!

Kanoe said...

You're amazing Abby. My kids and I will be praying for you. Hang in there girl!

MARDELLE said...

7-23-08

Abby your one classy lady. I don't think many would handle this as you have.
I will miss watching you in the Olympics and hope for your speedy return to the playing field.
I know you wish the team the best and to bring home the GOLD.. USA, USA,
Take care of yourself Rachel's aunt Mardelle.

JFS in SC said...

To Abby,Cat & Leslie we wish you all speedy recoveries.You have been and will continue to be an inspiration to our U15 Girls team playing for CFC (Carolina Football Club) in little Spartanburg,SC. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. We expect great things from the Olympic Team and are looking forward to the next World Cup.

Krista said...

That sucks what happen to those girls. Not being able to play is hard. Hope the recoveries go well.

If the girls keep up their hard work I know they will bring home the gold. No matter what all the fans are so proud of you! Go USA! :) :)

U.S. Soccer said...

A few emails we've gotten as well...

We just wanted Abby Wambach to know we were sorry to hear of her injury. We will keep her in our thoughts. She is a wonderful professional. We know she will be back.
The Ords

To: Abby, We met about three years ago in Bangor, Maine. Sorry to hear about your injury. I'm sure that the team will miss you. Good luck with rehab. I'm looking forward to more great soccer from you.
Dr. Tim Boley
Formerly of Bangor, Maine

I had the same procedure as Abby done a few years ago after a collision with a keeper. I went through no special rehab and was back playing by the next season so with all the attention she will get she will be her normal self in no time. She can expect some slight pain in her knee in cold environments but it is very slight.
Dynamo_28

A-Rod fan said...

My daughter and I had a wonderful opportunity to watch the U.S. play Brazil at UCD.

While watching was a wonderful experience, we were saddened by Abby's injury. We watched her during her warm-ups and during play. We have never seen such an intense, strong presence on the field.

Abby, we wish you and the other injured players a full and speedy recovery.

GO USA!! Play with passion ladies

BossGKabbyfan01 said...

Abby, I had the same injury and same surgury about 4 months ago... It's not fun to have your leg broken playing the game you love but thoes are the breaks kid.. parden the pun. Anyway, be strong girl, WE all know you will be back on the field soon and get that 100th goal. I believe in you girl. I've been lookin up to you for years and now that we have the same injury and i know you can make it through, I'm hella proud. Hang in there, and stay positive.
Xoxo Nat

Usa2007 said...

Abby, you're poise and strength is an inspiration to all your fans. You are one classy lady on how you are dealing with this injury. Stay Positive. I was lucky enough to see the team play in Washington, DC and i had a wonderful time with my niece and nephew.

Abby,Cat,and Leslie I wish you and the other injured players a full and speedy recovery. Can't wait to see all of you play in the WPS and with the National Team. I know this team will do their best to make all of us proud and win a gold medal:)

Emily

pame said...

Abby, you're a great player and when i saw you on the ground that day i was so mad because what happened to you was not fair, but the first thing i did was pray for you, that you were okay, and i'm so glad that you are. the olympics are not going to be the same without you but I'm sure that after this injury you are going to come back and play strong as ever.
TEAM USA I'M SURE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO WIN THW GOLD YOU ARE THE BEST, I WILL BE WATCHING EVERY GAME AND WILL BE PRAYING SO THAT GOD GIVES YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN EVERYGAME. LET'SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS WIN THE GOOLLDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!

pame said...

Abby,you are a grate person and i'm so happy that you're okay, the olympics won't be the same whitout you but is better that you take care of that leg which i'm sure is going to be better suner than you know.

Team USA i wish you the best in beijin i'm super exited and i'll be watching everygame even if i have to stay up at 4 am! you're my role models and my drean is to be in the USWNT.

GOOD LUCK AND LET'S BRING THE GOLD!!!!!!!

Lauren said...

Best wishes on a speedy and healthy recovery, Abby! Also to Catherine and Leslie, healthy recovery! Best of luck in Beijing!

Kara said...

Good luck women! I know you will do great, I can't wait!

As for Abby, Cat, and Leslie...where are the viewing parties at? Let's cheer on USA!

Nishtah said...

It sucks to be out of the Olympics. But on the other hand you can announce with Julie Foudy for a while
then come back and score 100 goals!
Nishtah age ten