Abby Wambach can be my wing-woman anytime (Iceman voice -Top Gun, circa 1986). If some drama breaks out on the street or the field, she’s the girl I’m rolling with. And not just because she can take a punch (although that doesn’t hurt … her case, I mean – I’m sure it definitely hurt!).
I want Abby at my side because she hits back. After being KO’d by Colombia just a few days earlier, Wambach responded in the best way possible – with a goal that gave the U.S. a 1-0 win over Korea DPR and a sweep in their Group G.
Is there a part of Abby that would’ve rather retaliated with a swift uppercut to someone’s chin? For sure. Check out her quote to the Associated Press after the match against Colombia:
“It’s interesting — you think about yourself and what you would do on the street if somebody were to sucker-punch you. And you have all of the lists of things that you would probably do to retaliate, but this is Olympics and I can’t risk getting a red card, I can’t risk getting a yellow card.”
In case you missed the implication of Abby’s quote let me translate it for you: She better be glad this is the Olympics, and if I ever see her on the street I’m going for the gold!
I’m just glad Abby’s on our side. And if I’m ever in need of backup, she’s the first person I’m calling.