A new piece on ESPNW goes in-depth with out soccer star Abby Wambach. It’s penned by out sports journalist Kate Fagan, who follows Abby from her U.S. women’s team practices in East Hartford, Connecticut to her home with wife Sarah Huffman in Portland, Oregon.
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While the focus is on her soccer career, there is also some details on the couple’s home life:
Kate writes that Sarah “seems to hold Wambach steady without holding her still,” and it’s clear that Abby is interested in trying everything on to see what fits and living 100 miles per hour, while Sarah is her consistency. The couple came out, officially, last year after marrying in Hawaii. Although Sarah had come out, personally, before then, Abby had not. An excrept from the piece:
The article attempts to answer who Abby Wambach is without soccer, as her career is nearing its inevitable end as Abby is 34 and, outside of winning the World Cup, has officially achieved everything else she could want in the game. But after the games are over and she officially retires, Abby says she wants to be a stay-at-home mom. (She loves the idea of remaining in one place and letting Huffman, who hopes to work at Nike after the NWSL season, be her “sugar mama.”)
“I know that I was put on this planet to be an athlete,” she tells ESPNW. “But what else is there? What is my point in life? This might sound masochistic or narcissistic, I don’t know, but when I’m not playing the game, the validations I feel about life are always through the hardships. I relate more to sadness, in a lot of ways, when I’m not playing. You can imagine how many people tell me how great I am every day. So for me, it’s a balancing act, trying to be and feel like a normal human being. I have to, not exactly dim my light, but alter my expectations, so I can start to be happy in ways that are sustainable for the rest of my life.”