History was made in 1996 when the first Olympic gold-medal women's soccer game was played in Athens, Georgia. Today, over seven million women and girls play soccer in the United States. The stars of the 1999 Women's World Cup Team — including Mia Hamm, Briana Scurry, and Michelle Akers — are brought to life here through bold, full-color photographs. These women also made up the core of Team USA, competing in the Summer 2000 Olympics. This scrapbook combines stunning photographs by sports photographer Michael Stahlschmidt with brief essays on the stars themselves. Each essay gets up-close and personal with the stars, as they tell the stories of their biggest challenges, greatest triumphs, and personal philosophies. Whether or not they aspire to play professional soccer, young readers will be inspired by the stories of these athletes.