Thursday, September 20, 2007

Heather Mitts

Heather Mitts was born on June 9, 1978 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her father Don is a cardiac surgeon, and mother Jan Peck is a personal trainer. Heather first touched a soccer ball at age 6, and never let go. At 8 she was playing in organized teams and dabbling in other sports.

After her freshman year of high school, Heather decided to devote herself exclusively to the game and aim for a college scholarship. She knew she was on her way as she received every honor imaginable for high school athletics and lead her school, St. Ursula Academy, to four straight district titles. The University of Florida saw a future star, and gave Heather a scholarship.

heather mitts gets a gator

Heather kicked off her college career as gloriously as she had left her high school one. In her first season, she started in 20 of 21 matches, logging a total of 1,270 minutes and winning the team's Gator award for exceeding coaches' expectations.

As a junior, Heather led the Gators to a national victory and was crowned an all-American. The national team had to have her. They took her into the under-21 squad, where she eagerly awaited the birth of an American professional women's soccer league. Soon enough, she got a call from Tampa Bay. They wanted her in the W1 league.

heather mitts joins the wusa

Heather's time in Tampa was short lived. The Philadelphia Charge, a powerhouse team in the Women's United Soccer Federation, wanted her in its ranks.

In 2001, Philadelphia drafted her, and she became their defender who would let no player past. Heather was building momentum and renown, for both her awe-inspiring play and her jaw-dropping good looks as well.

heather mitts in the olympics

The U.S. national team, which had already secured a world championship, was the next to take Heather under its wing. This opportunity allowed her to go head-to-head with world-class players from dozens of countries, and she has helped maintain the team's prestige in doing so. Heather is currently involved in the biggest tournament of her career: the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Heather Mitts is dating Miami Dolphins quarterback A.J. Feeley. She was named the Hottest Female Athlete for 2004 by ESPN, beating out Anna Kournikova and Jennie Finch, and has done spreads for magazines like Maxim and FHM. Heather currently lives in Philadelphia.

overall rating 81

With the artistic footwork of a ballerina, the steely resolve of a linesman and the startling charm of the girl next door, Heather Mitts easily gets our attention.

She's helping to popularize the beautiful game of soccer in a country that seems to resist its greatness. And she's a knockout who has no problems showing off that perfectly toned body blessed by the gods of the pitch.

She's at the peak of her career, playing for one of the world's best national soccer teams, and at the 2004 Olympics to secure that prestige.

personality & talent 79

As extolled as Heather is for her physical prowess and sexiness, she has a pleasantly grounded personality. When ESPN grilled her about winning their hottest woman poll this year, she could only say how humbling it was to beat out other sporty starlets like Anna Kournikova and Jennie Finch.

Heather is as proficient in the midfield as she is on defense, a testament to the versatility of her talent. As a player, she can be compared to French right-back star Lilian Thuram in her agility and relentless efforts to take the ball away from menacing strikers.

sexiness 83

If you like the sporty good looks of a perfectly toned woman, Heather is among the hottest there are. Firm legs, a tight butt and sculpted abs make us long for the day she will rip off her shirt in a Brandi Chastain-style celebration. Her smooth blonde hair and big brown eyes, while innocent in appearance, nonetheless make us wish she could dribble us around.

accomplishments & fame 82

Her accolades are almost too many to name. All-city, all-region, all-state, all-star, and all-American are some of the titles Heather has carried. In 1997, playing for the Florida Gators, she won the Coaches Award for Most Inspirational Player. In 1998, she played for a team-high of 2,329 minutes, a single-season record at Florida.

Perhaps most impressively, Heather was handpicked as a starting player by one of the first teams in the nascent women's professional soccer league. After a season with the Tampa Bay Extreme, and several games with the under-21 national team, she moved to the Philadelphia Charge, one of the nation's top women's squads. Now she's looking to bring home the gold medal in Athens.

natural beauty 82

She looks like every all-American high-school beauty queen, with the added bonus of being a practiced ball kicker. Her long blonde hair with dark roots go well with her brown eyes. Her bright smile beams pure girlish joy. It's refreshing that a woman that athletic can be so feminine at the same time.

personal style

While Heather certainly plays the sporty look -- windbreakers, fleece sweaters, Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirts, and soccer jerseys -- she possesses an understated elegance. You can catch her in see-through shirts with a discreet crop top beneath, jeans and light blouses, and dressy shirts with miniskirts. And yes, she looks great in all of them.

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