Saturday, June 29, 2013

ESPN Films - SEC Storied - Abby Head On

I watched Abby Head On by Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby. This is the eighth film in the ESPN Films SEC Storied series. An episode guide for SEC Storied is here.

Abby Head On looks at the career of woman's soccer star Abby Wambach. It traces her career from high school to college to the woman's professional soccer league to the national team. Along the way, Wambach helped the Florida Gators win their first and only national championship, won a title with the WUSA's Washington Freedom and earned two Olympic Gold medals.

The film includes a lots of interviews with coaches and other players including Wambach’s high school, college and U.S. head coaches, current and former teammates including Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Alex Morgan, and Wambach’s family.

There is also of a wealth of footage of Wambach scoring goals. As prolific goal scorer, Wambach was known for headers. Today, as a U.S. women’s national team star, she is only four goals away from breaking Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record.

It is a solid documentary. It was a story that I nothing about which made it interesting. I was intrigued by the physical transformation of Wambach. Over a soft high school and college player, she become a fit, lean player on the national team.

Abby Head On is available in iTunes.

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