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July 14, 2011

World Cup star now runs horse farm in Powder Springs

Ms. Akers sold World Cup memorabilia to raise money after the 2009 flood; we were excited to get one of her signed books for our own daughter who is working toward soccer in college. Ms. Akers is an amazing athlete and woman.

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World Cup star now runs horse farm in Powder Springs

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Michelle Akers doesn't think much about soccer anymore ... except when the World Cup is on.

Akers is widely regarded as one of the greatest women's soccer players of all-time. In fact, in an article in Sports Illustrated last month, her former coach Tony DiCicco called Akers "the best player who ever played."

As this World Cup takes shape, Akers is still into it. But after every game, she is right back on the job.

The job, in this case, is running a horse farm in Powder Springs. Akers spends her time rescuing and nursing horses as well as tending to goats, chickens, and her three dogs.

But for the past two years, she has been climbing out of a major issue: flooding that resulted from the infamous September storm in 2009.

"That flood, I mean ... it was up to my waist, in my barn," Akers recalls. It left her farm flooded for several days and the ground over-saturated for months.

Now, two Junes later, it's finally at full strength.

"I had a lot of people help me, and I was like, 'Thank God these people helped,'" Akers says, "and so I want to help people who have been through something horrible."


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