By Mary Buckheit Special to Page 2The rest of the world calls soccer "the beautiful game." After watching Heather Mitts -- Page 2's newly-crowned Hottest Female Athlete of 2004 -- we're inclined to agree. Actually, before my publicist told me that I'd won, my step-sister had informed me about the poll through an email a few days before; and, of course, I went to check out the site. Well, even if he did, you still won by about 10,000 votes.
Mitts survived an opening bracket so tough it would make the NCAA hoops committee blush, and eventually dispatched reigning champion Jennie Finch and fading former champion Anna Kournikova with ease. As long as I can fit that into my Olympic training schedule. But we might have to investigate some computer cookies and make sure this victory is legit.
Mitts made her international debut with the senior team in 1999 when she was still in college, but she didn’t become a regular fixture until 2004.
Playing mostly right back, she served as one of the team’s most gutsy, inspirational, physical players for the next six years.
I will miss the little things, the travel by plane, train and mini-van, the locker room moments, keeping my teammates on their toes and nothing will ever compare to putting on that U. They are for boys and girls between the ages of eight and 16, and are designed to teach them valuable skills and techniques.
“My one day Training Program is comprised of the skills, drills and vital mindset techniques that helped me compete at the highest level there is—10 years on the Women’s National Team,” writes Mitts.
She captured better than 30 percent of the quarter-million votes cast in the five-woman final.
Seeing beauty like this mixed with the skills that made the 25-year-old defender a star with both the University of Florida and the WUSA's Philadelphia Charge, we knew we had to get to the bottom of the new champ's appeal.
She is currently the sideline reporter for the MLS Philadelphia Union game broadcasts and on-line programming.But we were afraid some of our folks might end up with a restraining order instead of an interview, so we put Page 2's cool and collected Mary Buckheit in charge of peppering Heather with 10 Burning Questions. It wasn't easy -- country codes can be so confusing! Mary diligently traced Heather's whereabouts to Costa Rica, where she is training with the U. -- but after a series of missed connections and emails, the international operator rang the office and asked if Mary would accept a collect call from Heather Mitts. To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads.Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.