Club Feet or Foot Series-Disabled Legend Miguel Riffo

Miguel Augusto Riffo Garay was born on 21 June, 1981. Miguel Riffo is a Chilean footballer, who plays defender currently for Colo-Colo. Miguel Riffo started his career in the youth system of Colo-Colo and has stayed with them throughout his career. Miguel Riffo captains Colo-Colo at times. Miguel Riffo also has represented the Chilean national team on several occasions. Miguel Riffo played in 1 game in the Copa América 2007 versus Brazil in which he caused a penalty kick. Later in the match Miguel Riffo was injured for the tournament.

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Club Feet or Foot Series-Disabled Legend Pat Summerall

George Allen “Pat” Summerall was born on 10 May, 1930 in Lake City, Florida, USA. Pat Summerall is a former American football player and well-known television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, FOX, and, briefly, ESPN.

Pat Summerall is best known for his work with John Madden on CBS and FOX’s NFL telecasts, and in 1999 he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.

Pat Summerall played high school football at Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida, where he was recognised as an All-State selection in football, as well as basketball. Pat Summerall also earned varsity letters in both baseball and tennis.

Pat Summerall played college football from 1949 to 1951 at the University of Arkansas, where he played defensive end, tight end, and placekicker positions. Pat Summerall graduated from UA in 1953.

Pat Summerall spent 10 years as a professional football player in the National Football League, primarily as a placekicker. The Detroit Lions drafted Pat Summerall as a 4th round draft choice in the 1952 NFL Draft. Pat Summerall played the pre-season with the Lions before breaking his arm, which ended the year for him. After that season, he was traded and went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals from 1953 to 1957 and the New York Giants from 1958 to 1961. Pat Summerall’s best professional year statistically was 1959, when Pat Summerall scored 90 points on 30-for-30 (100%) extra-point kicking and 20-for-29 (69%) field goal kicking.

After retiring from football, Pat Summerall became a broadcaster for the CBS network. Pat Summerall started in 1962 working part-time on New York Giants’ broadcasts. In 1964, CBS hired Pat Summerall full-time to work its NFL telecasts, initially as a colour commentator and then (beginning in 1975) as a play-by-play announcer. Pat Summerall covered other events including ABA basketball. Pat Summerall also did sportscasts for the network’s flagship radio station until 1966 when he did a morning drive-time music/talk programme, WCBS-AM. In 1969, Pat Summerall took part in NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl III.

During the 1970s, Pat Summerall usually worked with Tom Brookshier as his broadcasting partner for NFL (mostly NFC) games, and the colourful Summerall-Brookshier duo worked three Super Bowls (X, XII, and XIV) together. Pat Summerall, broadcast partner Tom Brookshier, NFL on CBS producer Bob Wussler and Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie appeared as themselves during the 1977 film Black Sunday, which was filmed on location at the Orange Bowl in Miami during Super Bowl X.

In 1981, Pat Summerall was teamed with former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, a pairing that would last for 22 seasons on 2 networks and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history.

Pat Summerall’s stature as the premier TV voice in pro football was a result of 2 things: 1st, his ability to play the straight man alongside John Madden’s lively, verbose persona; 2nd, his economic delivery that magnified the drama of a moment while allowing the pictures to tell the story. One of Pat Summerall’s most memorable on-air calls was his account of Marcus Allen’s electrifying touchdown run in Super Bowl XVIII. The transcript is surprisingly sparse: “Touchdown, 75 yards!” That the quote is memorable is testament to the weight of Pat Summerall’s baritone-like voice when he was at the height of his powers as an NFL broadcaster.

It is often mistakenly assumed that Pat Summerall and John Madden handled the call on CBS-TV for the 1981 NFC Championship Game, when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark made “The Catch” to lift the 49ers to a 28–27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and a berth in Super Bowl XVI. Pat Summerall instead handled the call of the game on CBS Radio with Jack Buck, while Vin Scully and Hank Stram called the game on television. Meanwhile, John Madden was off to Detroit to prepare for his Super Bowl telecast with Pat Summerall. Hank Stram returned to his normal position as the colour analyst on CBS Radio alongside Buck for the Super Bowl, while Pat Summerall and John Madden teamed for the 1st of 8 Super Bowls together.

Pat Summerall also broadcast professional golf and tennis (including the Masters and U.S. Open) during his tenure at CBS, and was the play-by-play announcer for the 1974 NBA Finals, CBS’ 1st season broadcasting the NBA.

Pat Summerall continues to do voiceover work on CBS’ Masters broadcasts, and also provided commentary for the Golden Tee golf video game.

In 1994, the FOX network surprised NFL fans by outbidding CBS for the NFC broadcast package. One of the network’s 1st moves was to hire Pat Summerall and John Madden as its lead announcing team. The 2 men thus continued their on-air partnership through the 2001 season.

Pat Summerall and John Madden’s last game together was Super Bowl XXXVI. After that game, Pat Summerall announced his retirement and John Madden was signed by ABC for that network’s Monday Night Football telecasts.

Pat Summerall was lured out of retirement and re-signed with FOX for the 2002 season, working with Brian Baldinger on regional telecasts (primarily featuring the Dallas Cowboys, since Pat Summerall was a Dallas resident) before retiring again after 1 year. In 2006, he returned to the broadcast booth, paired once again with Baldinger. In Week 8 (29 October) of that year, he called a game between the eventual NFC champion Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers.

In January 2007, Pat Summerall returned to FOX as one of the play-by-play voices of the network’s coverage of the Cotton Bowl between Auburn and Nebraska. Pat Summerall called the January 2008 game, which features his alma mater, Arkansas, taking on Missouri.

Pat Summerall was name-checked on The Simpsons in the 2007 episode “Springfield Up”, where his caricature and name appear on the cover of a book held by Homer entitled “Smut Yuks.” Pat Summerall and then-partner John Madden also appeared in (and lent their voices to) the 1999 Simpsons episode “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday”, which premiered following the duo’s broadcast of Super Bowl XXXIII on FOX.

Pat Summerall covered the Sunday 9 December, 2007 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams in Cincinnati.

Pat Summerall called several preseason and early regular-season NFL games for the ESPN network in 2004, substituting for regular announcer Mike Patrick while the latter recovered from heart surgery.

Pat Summerall has broadcast 16 Super Bowls on network television with CBS and FOX, more than any other announcer. Pat Summerall also contributed to 10 Super Bowl broadcasts on CBS Radio.

During the 1990 season, Pat Summerall was hospitalised after vomiting on a plane during a flight after a game, and was out for a considerable amount of time. While Verne Lundquist replaced Pat Summerall on games with John Madden, Jack Buck (who was at CBS during the time as the network’s lead Major League Baseball announcer) was added as a regular NFL broadcaster to fill-in.

In the spring of 2004, Pat Summerall, a recovering alcoholic who had been sober for many years, underwent a liver transplant.

In 2006, Pat Summerall underwent cataract surgery, and had an intraocular lens implanted.

In January 2008, Pat Summerall had a hip replacement surgery. On 19 June, he was hospitalised for internal bleeding caused by a new medicine he was taking.

Pat Summerall has been the spokesperson for True Value. Ironically, his long-time broadcast partner John Madden was the spokesperson for Ace Hardware, True Value’s main competitor in the independent hardware store market (Pat Summerall has continued as the longtime radio spokesman for Dux Beds, a Swedish mattress maker, and their Duxiana stores).

Pat Summerall was also associated with a production company in Dallas, Texas, from about the year 1998 to 2005. It was called Pat Summerall Productions. Pat Summerall was featured and hosted different production shows such as, Summerall Success Stories and Champions of Industry. These qualified production segments would air on the Fox News Channel and later, CNN Headline News. During the mid-1990s, Pat Summerall hosted the “Summerall-Aikman” Cowboys report with quarterback Troy Aikman. Currently, Pat Summerall serves as the host of Sports Stars of Tomorrow and Future Phenoms, 2 nationally syndicated high school sports shows based out of Fort Worth, Texas.

Pat Summerall was the narrator & sponsor crediter for the 2008 Masters Golf Tournament. Pat Summerall makes his home in Southlake, Texas where he has lived for 12 years.

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Club Feet or Foot Series-Disabled Legend Troy Aikman

Troy Kenneth Aikman was born on 21 November, 1966 in West Covina, California, USA. Troy Aikman is a former American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, and currently a television sportscaster for the Fox network. Troy Aikman is also a joint owner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup racing team, Hall of Fame Racing, along with fellow former Cowboys quarterback, Roger Staubach. Troy Aikman is considered among the best NFL quarterbacks of all time, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Troy Aikman is referred to as one of “The Triplets” with Cowboys teammates Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith.

The youngest of 3 children, Troy Aikman was born to Charlyn and Kenneth Aikman, and lived in Cerritos, California, USA until the age of 12, when his family moved to a farm in Henryetta, Oklahoma, USA. In Things Change, an account of his life written for kids, Troy Aikman recounted that he thought his athletic career was over, but, to his surprise, it was just beginning. Troy Aikman made All State in both football and baseball, and his high school, Henryetta High School, retired his football jersey. In high school, he was also involved in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the influence of which can be seen in his business ventures.

The New York Mets offered Troy Aikman a contract out of high school, but instead of playing baseball he chose to pursue football and attended the University of Oklahoma under head coach Barry Switzer.

In 1985, his 1st season as a collegiate starter, Troy Aikman led the Sooners to wins over Minnesota, Kansas State, and #17 Texas in the Red River Shootout before hosting the Miami Hurricanes and his future head coach Jimmy Johnson.

On 19 October, in front of a sellout crowd of 75,008 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Miami’s Jerome Brown broke through the offensive line, sacked Troy Aikman on the Sooner 29 yard line and broke Troy Aikman’s ankle. Troy Aikman, who had been 6 of 8 passing for 131 yards, would be lost for the season. Barry Switzer and offensive coordinator Jim Donnan were forced to switch back to the wishbone offense under freshman quarterback Jamelle Holieway. The team went on to win the 1985 National Championship by beating Penn State in the 1986 Orange Bowl. With Holieway established as the starting quarterback at OU, Troy Aikman decided to transfer to UCLA.

Barry Switzer oversaw Troy Aikman’s transfer to UCLA, a programme under Terry Donahue that was more conducive to a passing quarterback. Troy Aikman had to redshirt 1 year due to college transfer rules but went on to lead the Bruins to a 20-4 record over 2 seasons.

As a junior, Troy Aikman led the Bruins to a 10-2 record and the 1987 Aloha Bowl, where they beat the Florida Gators 20-16.

As a senior, Troy Aikman won the 1988 Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback, a 1st for UCLA. Troy Aikman was a Consensus All-American, the UPI West Coast Player of the Year, the Washington DC Club QB of the Year, a finalist for the 1988 AFCA “Coaches Choice” Player of the year award, and he finished 3rd for the 1988Heisman Trophy. UCLA matched the victory total from the previous season under Troy Aikman, going 10-2 and losing only to USC and Washington State. The season culminated with a 17-3 Bruin victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 1989 Cotton Bowl, which was played in Dallas. The Dallas media spent most of the Cotton Bowl week promoting Troy Aikman as the “next quarterback of the Cowboys,” and much was made of Tom Landry watching Troy Aikman practice during the Bruins’ workouts at Texas Stadium. Troy Aikman finished his career as the number 2 career passing leader in UCLA history. In 2008 he was elected to the college football hall of fame.

On 25 February, 1989, new owner Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry, and replaced him with Jimmy Johnson. A few months later in the NFL’s supplemental draft, Jimmy Johnson drafted Steve Walsh, who played for Jimmy Johnson at the University of Miami. Troy Aikman won the starting quartback job, and Steve Walsh was traded early in the 1990 season.

Troy Aikman’s NFL career started with a 28-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The following week, Troy Aikman threw his 1st touchdown pass, a 65 yard completion to Michael Irvin, but the Atlanta Falcons intercepted 2 passes and won. Troy Aikman finished 1989 with an 0-11 record as a starter, completing 155 of 293 passes for 1,749 yards, 9 TDs, 18 INTs.

Troy Aikman proved resilient, however, and in 1990, nearly led the Cowboys to the playoffs. In 1991, he led the Cowboys to a 6-5 record in the 1st 11 games and had the Cowboys ahead in week 12 against undefeated Washington when he was injured. Steve Beuerlein lead to a playoff win. Troy Aikman played in the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Detroit Lions, but lost, 38-6. However, he was selected to the 1st of 6 consecutive Pro Bowls.

In 1992, Troy Aikman set career highs in completions (302), passing yards (3,445) and touchdown passes (23), and led the Cowboys to a team record 13 regular season victories. The team won Super Bowl XXVII against the Buffalo Bills, 52-17. Troy Aikman, named Super Bowl MVP, completed 22-of-30 passes for 273 yards with 4 TDs.

In 1993, Troy Aikman posted a 99.0 passer rating, and Dallas finished with a 12-4 record and defeated the Bills again in Super Bowl XXVIII. Jimmy Johnson left the team on 29 March 1994, and Jerry Jones hired Barry Switzer, a former college teammate at the University of Arkansas. The Cowboys lost the NFC Championship game to the San Francisco 49ers.

In 1995, Troy Aikman amassed over 3,300 yards passing as the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17. In 1997, Troy Aikman became the 1st quarterback in Dallas history to have 3 straight 3,000-yard seasons, but the team finished 6-10, and missing the playoffs. Barry Switzer suffered the 1st losing season of his career, and resigned in 1996.

Revolving-door personnel changes plagued the Cowboys for the rest of Troy Aikman’s tenure. Troy Aikman also suffered a series of concussions. Troy Aikman’s 10th, at the hands of Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, would end his career. The Cowboys finished the 2000 season 5-11.

After he was waived a day before he was due a $70,000,000/7-year contract extension, Troy Aikman announced his retirement on 9 April 2001 after failing to find another team. Troy Aikman ended his career as the Cowboys’ all-time leading passer (32,942 yards). 90 of his 94 career wins were in the 1990s and were the most by any quarterback in any decade.

After his retirement as a player, Troy Aikman joined Fox’s NFC telecasts as a colour commentator for the 2001 season. A year later, he was named to the network’s lead announcing crew, teaming with Joe Buck and (from 2002-2005) Cris Collinsworth. Troy Aikman received an Emmy Award nomination for his television work in 2004 and has helped broadcast 2 Super Bowls (XXXIX and XLII) to date.

Troy Aikman also hosts a weekly sports radio show which airs on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. ET on Sporting News Radio, and appears weekly during the football season on the Dunham & Miller morning show on Dallas sports talk radio station 1310 The Ticket. Troy Aikman was a public spokesman for Acme Brick throughout his career and now owns a Ford dealership in Dallas. Troy Aikman is also the chairman of the Troy Aikman Foundation, a charity to benefit children that has recently focused on building playplaces for children’s hospitals.

Troy Aikman, once named the most eligible bachelor in Dallas by Texas Monthly, married former Cowboys publicist Rhonda Worthey on 8 April, 2000, in Plano, Texas, after dating country singer Lorrie Morgan and rumors of dating Sandra Bullock and Janine Turner. They have 3 children: Rachel Worthey (from Rhonda’s previous marriage), daughter Jordan Ashley Aikman born 24 August, 2001, and daughter Alexa Marie Aikman born 30 July, 2002.

In 1999, he was ranked No. 95 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

On 19 September, 2005, at halftime of the Cowboys-Redskins game (broadcast on Monday Night Football), Troy Aikman was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honour with his longtime teammates Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. On 5 August, 2006, Troy Aikman was 1 of 6 players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When he accepted the honour, the ever-modest Troy Aikman commented that he was merely a beneficiary of the Cowboys’ system and being paired with subsequent Hall-of-Famers Irvin and Smith.

In late 2005, Troy Aikman together with another former Cowboys quarterback, Roger Staubach, established Hall of Fame Racing with Terry Labonte and Tony Raines co-driving the #96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in 2006 (the race car’s number was derived by multiplying Aikman’s Cowboy jersey number 8 by Staubach’s jersey number 12). Raines drove for troy Aikman full time in 2007, and J.J. Yeley and Brad Coleman drove the car in 2008. Troy Aikman has invited some of the current and former Dallas Cowboys players Drew Bledsoe, Terry Glenn, Roy Williams, and others to test drive NASCAR race cars at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Club Feet or Foot Series-Disabled Legend Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristine Tsuya “Kristi” Yamaguchi- Hedican was born on 12 July, 1971 in Hayward, California, USA. Kristi Yamaguchi is an American figure skater and the 1992 Olympic Champion in women’s singles. Kristi Yamaguchi also won 2 World Figure Skating Championships in 1991 and 1992 and a U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1992. Kristi Yamaguchi won 1 junior world title in 1988 and 2 national titles in 1989 and 1990 as a pairs skater with Rudy Galindo. In December 2005, she was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Kristi Yamaguchi was a local commentator on figure skating for San Francisco-area TV station KNTV (NBC 11) during the 2006 Winter Olympics.

On 20 May, 2008, Kristi Yamaguchi became the celebrity champion in the 6th season of Dancing with the Stars with pro dance partner Mark Ballas, defeating finalist couple Jason Taylor and Edyta Śliwińska. The judges commented that she was the most consistent competitor of any dancer in any season of the show. According to the host of the show, she had the highest scores of any competitor in the show’s history.

A 3rd generation Japanese American, Kristi Yamaguchi was born to Jim Yamaguchi, a dentist, and Carole Doi, a medical secretary. Kristi Yamaguchi’s grandparents were sent to an internment camp during World War II, where her mother was born. Kristi Yamaguchi and her siblings, Brett and Lori, grew up in Fremont, California, USA where Kristi Yamaguchi attended Mission San Jose High School her freshman year and transferred to Willow Glen High School in San Jose, California, USA where she graduated. Kristi Yamaguchi began skating as a child, as physical therapy for her club feet.

With Rudy Galindo she won the junior title at the U.S. championships in 1986. 2 years later, Kristi Yamaguchi won the singles and, with Galindo, the pairs titles at the 1988 World Junior Pair Championships; Rudy Galindo had won the 1987 World Junior Championship in singles. In 1989 Kristi Yamaguchi and Rudy Galindo won the senior U.S. championships pairs title and won again in 1990.

As a pairs team, Kristi Yamaguchi and Rudy Galindo were unusual in that they were both accomplished singles skaters, which allowed them to consistently perform difficult elements like side by side Triple Flip jumps, which are still more difficult than side by side jumps performed by current top international pairs teams. They also jumped and spun in opposite directions, Kristi Yamaguchi counter-clockwise, and Rudy Galindo clockwise, which gave them an unusual look on the ice. In 1990, Kristi Yamaguchi decided to focus solely on singles. Rudy Galindo went on to have a successful singles career as well, winning the 1996 U.S. championships and the 1996 World bronze medal.

In 1991, Kristi Yamaguchi moved to Edmonton, Alberta to train with coach Christy Ness. The same year Kristi Yamaguchi placed 2nd to Tonya Harding at the U.S. championships, her 3rd consecutive silver medal at Nationals. The following month in Munich, Germany, Kristi Yamaguchi won the 1991 World Championships. That year the American ladies team, consisting of Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, became the 1st and only national ladies team to have its members place 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Worlds. In 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi won her 1st U.S. title and gained a spot to the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Joining her on the U.S. team were again Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. While competitors Tonya Harding and Japan’s Midori Ito were consistently landing the difficult triple axel jump in competition, Kristi Yamaguchi instead focused on her artistry and her triple-triple combinations in hopes of becoming a more well-rounded skater. Both Tonya Harding and Midori Ito fell on their triple axels at the Olympics (though Ito successfully landed the jump later on in her long programme after missing it the first time), allowing Kristi Yamaguchi to win the gold, despite errors in her free programme, including putting a hand to the ice on a triple loop and a double salchow instead of a planned triple. Kristi Yamaguchi went on to successfully defend her World title that same year.

Though Kristi Yamaguchi won the gold medal, she would be overshadowed in publicity and endorsements by Nancy Kerrigan who later endured the highly publicised attack staged by associates of teammate Tonya Harding. Kristi Yamaguchi never expressed any dissatisfaction with her lack of endorsements as she had one of the most successful professional skating careers since Sonja Henie, performing with such shows as Champions on Ice and Stars on Ice for over 10 years. Kristi Yamaguchi received endorsements deals from Wendy’s and DuraSoft Colours contact lenses, but not high-profile, multimillion-dollar deals with corporate giants like Campbells, Disney or Pepsi. Some suspected that her Asian heritage may have put her at a disadvantage. Bill Imada, whose firm advises companies on marketing to Asian Americans observes that for marketers “People like Kristi Yamaguchi don’t represent, at least with marketers, the wholesome all-American image”.

Kristi Yamaguchi later received contracts with high fashion firms like Celanese Acetate, appeared in a “Got Milk” ad, and was featured on a Wheaties Box. In 2008, she became the 1st woman to drop the green flag to start the Indianapolis 500.

On 16 July, 2008 in a Harris Poll quoted by MarketWatch put Kristi Yamaguchi in the top 10 of US Favourite Female Sport Stars even after 16 years of her Olympic win. Fellow figure skater Michelle Kwan, who also is “Asian American” is on the list too.

Kristi Yamaguchi turned professional after the 1992 competitive season. Kristi Yamaguchi toured for many years with Stars on Ice and was also a fixture on the pro competition circuit, where she continued to be technically competitive with the younger ladies that had only recently retired. In recent years she has cut back on her skating schedule to concentrate on family life. Since 8 July, 2000 she has been married to Bret Hedican, a professional hockey player she initially met at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican, who is currently with the Carolina Hurricanes, reside in Raleigh, North Carolina with their 2 daughters, Keara Kiyomi, born on 1 October, 2003 and Emma Yoshiko, born on 17 November, 2005 in Raleigh.

In 1996, she established the Always Dream Foundation for children. Kristi Yamaguchi is also the author of Always Dream, Pure Gold, and Figure Skating for Dummies. Kristi Yamaguchi made a fitness video with the California Raisins in 1993 called, “Hip to be Fit: The California Raisins and Kristi Yamaguchi”.

As an actress, she appeared in the PBS series, Freedom: A History of Us portraying Haruko Obata, one of the first teachers of ikebana in the San Francisco Bay Area. As herself, she appeared on Everybody Loves Raymond, D2: The Mighty Ducks, Frosted Pink, and the Disney Channel original movie Go Figure. Kristi Yamaguchi has also appeared in numerous television skating specials including the Disney special Aladdin on Ice, portraying Princess Jasmine.

Kristi Yamaguchi received the Inspiration Award at the 2008 Asian Excellence Awards. 2 days after her Dancing with the Stars champion crowning, she received the 2008 Sonja Henie Award from the Professional Skaters Association. Among her other awards are the Thurman Munson Award, Women’s Sports Foundation Flo Hyman Award, and the Great Sports Legends Awards. Kristi Yamaguchi is also a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Olympic Hall of Fame, World Skating Hall of Fame, and the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Kristi Yamaguchi is the 2008 season winner on ABC’s reality programme Dancing with the Stars 6th season paired with Mark Ballas. In the 1st 3 weeks, they received scores of 9, 9, and 9 for a total of 27 for their Foxtrot, Mambo, & Tango. This was the highest 1st and 3rd week score in the show’s history. During the 4th week, she received 10, 9, and 10 to have a total of 29, and the 5th week she received 9, 10, and 10 of having another total of 29 on the Paso Doble & Rumba. On her 21 April performance she received a perfect 30 score from the judges for her Jive. This makes her holding the 1st place spot for 6 weeks in a row, which is a new record on the show.

During the 7th week, she didn’t come in 1st. Kristi Yamaguchi received a 26 out of 30for her Viennese Waltz which the judges gave her 9, 8, and 9 which gives her 1st 8 ever given, and her Cha-Cha-Cha was a 28 out of 30. The judges gave her 10, 8, and 10. Kristi Yamaguchi ended up with a 54 out of 60 which put her in 2nd, her 1st time not being 1st on the judge’s leaderboard.

On the 8th week of competition, they received a 29 out of 30 as the judges scored 9, 10, and 10 for their quickstep and 26 out of 30 for their sassy samba with the judges scored them for 8,9, and 9.

In the 9th week of competition, Kristi Yamaguchi got her “top spot” back after 2 weeks. On the Tango, the judges gave her a 29 and on the Jive, 28.

On the 10 week of the competition (finals), she received the highest score once again, breaking the tie with Mario Lopez for the most times a celebrity placed 1st place. On her “Mambo and Hip Hop” mesh Freestyle to Michael Jackson’s Working Day and Night, the judges gave her a perfect 30, her 1st since her Jive in Week 6. On her Cha-Cha, she received another 30. Kristi Yamaguchi received all but 1 of the perfect 30s awarded in that season (Jason Taylor’s finale dance being the other). The Cha-Cha was danced back-to-back for the finals.

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Club Feet or Foot Series-Disabled Legend Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm was born Mariel Margaret Hamm on 17 March, 1972 in Selma, Alabama, USA. Mia Hamm is a former American soccer player. Playing for many years as a forward for the United States women’s national soccer team, she scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the history of the sport (158).

Mia Hamm eventually became one of the most famous women athletes in the world, an iconic symbol of women’s sports, and an inspiration and role model to a generation of sports-minded girls. Mia Hamm was named the women’s FIFA World Player of the Year the 1st 2 times that award was given (in 2001 and 2002), and is listed as one of FIFA’s 100 best living players (as chosen by Pelé). Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon called Mia Hamm, “Perhaps the most important athlete of the last 15 years.”

Mia Hamm retired from the sport in 2004, when she played her last game in the 2004 Fan Celebration Tour to commemorate the US’s Women’s National team’s victory in the 2004 Olympics. In 2007, her 1st year of eligibility, she was selected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame by having 137 votes of the 141 ballots cast. Women’s Professional Soccer, a professional soccer league that plans to launch in 2009, features Mia Hamm’s silhouette in its logo.

Mia Hamm was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on 11 March, 2008.

Mia Hamm is the author of Go For the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life (Harper Collins, 1999). Mia Hamm appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.

Mia Hamm spent her childhood on Air Force bases with her parents Bill and Stephanie Hamm and her 5 siblings. Mia Hamm played organised sports from a very young age, and at the age of 15 she joined the U.S. National Team, becoming the youngest ever to play for them.

Mia Hamm attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she helped the Tar Heels to 4 NCAA women’s championships in 5 years (she sat out the season of 1991 to concentrate on the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China). North Carolina only lost 1 game in 95 she played. Mia Hamm was an All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year for her last 3 years. Mia Hamm also won ACC Female Athlete of the Year in 1993 and 1994.

In 1991, when the women’s national team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time, Mia Hamm became the youngest American woman to win a World Cup championship at the age of 19.

In 1993, she was a member of the U.S. women’s national college team that played in the 1993 Summer Universiade and lost to China, obtaining the silver medal. Mia Hamm was the leading scorer with 6 goals. Mia Hamm graduated from college with the all-time records for her conference in goals with 103, assists with 72, and total points with 278.

On 22 May, 1999 Mia Hamm broke the all-time international goal record with her 108th goal in a game against Brazil in Orlando, Florida.

In 1999, Nike named the largest building on their corporate campus after Mia Hamm, and that same year she, and the rest of the women on the national team became world champions again by winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The final match surpassed the Atlanta Olympic final as the most-attended women’s sports event, with over 90,000 filling the Rose Bowl.

Also in 1999, Mia Hamm began the Mia Hamm Foundation, dedicated to help with bone marrow research and to help women’s sports programmes progress. Mia Hamm was inspired to create her foundation by her adoptive brother and original athletic inspiration, Garrett, an Amerasian who died of a bone marrow disease shortly after the 1996 Olympics. Mia Hamm had a friendly game the next day and all the members of her team wore a black armband in memory of her brother.

On 14 May, 2004, she announced her retirement effective after the 2004 Summer Olympics, expressing an interest in starting a family with her husband, Nomar Garciaparra.

In March 2004, Mia Hamm and former U.S.A. teammate Michelle Akers were the only 2 women, and the only 2 Americans, named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players selected by Pelé and commissioned by FIFA for that organisation’s 100th anniversary.

In a friendly game against Australia on 21 July, 2004 Mia Hamm scored her 151st international goal; she has long held the record in that category for any player, male or female. This match also marked her 259th international appearance; only her teammate Kristine Lilly has played in more internationals.

Mia Hamm helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and was also chosen by her fellow U.S. Olympians to carry the American flag at the Athens Closing Ceremonies. After the Olympics, Mia Hamm and her teammates went on a “farewell tour” of the United States, which finished on 8 December, 2004 against Mexico at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. In the game, which the U.S. won 5-0, Mia Hamm assisted on 2 of the goals. Mia Hamm is 1 of 3 longtime national team members who announced their retirement from international play at the end of the tour; the others are longtime captain Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett (Fawcett did not play due to back surgery after the Olympics). Mia Hamm retired with 158 international goals at the age of 32.

Mia Hamm was first married on 17 December, 1994 to her college sweetheart Christian Corry, a U.S. Marine Corps pilot, but their marriage was strained by long absences (his as a military aviator and hers in international soccer), and they divorced in 2001.

Mia Hamm married then-Boston Red Sox Shortstop, current Los Angeles Dodger Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra on 22 November, 2003 in Goleta, California in a private ceremony. A few hundred guests attended. On 27 March, 2007 she gave birth to twin girls, Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline. Though born 5 weeks early, each girl weighed over 5 pounds at birth. Twins run in both Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra’s families.

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