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Cincinnati's Heather Mitts retires from professional soccer

Atlanta Beat

United States national soccer team member and Cincinnatian Heather Mitts is retiring. The 34-year-old, three-time Olympic gold medalist says it's time to move on to the next stage of her career.

“I truly appreciate the women who paved the way, to my friends and dear teammates that I will never forget," says Mitts. "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.S. jersey. It’s been an amazing journey with some obstacles, but in the very end I feel so fortunate that we were able to close on a golden note.”

Mitts is a 1996 graduate of St. Ursula Academy. She made more than 130 appearances as a defender for the US National Soccer Team, scoring two goals - both game winners. She represented the USA during the 2011 Women's World Cup.

Mitts also played in both former professional women's soccer leagues, for the Philadelphia Charge in the WUSA and the Boston Breakers, Philadelphia Independence and the Atlanta Beat in WPS. She was allocated to the Boston Breakers for the new NWSL.

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Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.