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Competitive Tips from Olympian Kerri Walsh

"How I Keep My Winning Edge" The Repeat Queen: Kerri Walsh

Beach volleyball force Kerri Walsh, 34, says she doesn't know anyone who hates to lose as much as she does. Thankfully she hasn't had to worry about that since teaming up with Misty May-Treanor in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and then again in 2008. The pair brought home consecutive gold medals, winning every single set in Olympic competition. This time around, Walsh has two new fans: her boys, Joey, age 3, and Sundance, 2.

Being competitive

"I own it now. I'm going to crush you even if you're my best friend. Also, I've learned not to compare myself with other people. I want to be the best that I can be, not necessarily better than you. That's pretty liberating."

Finding balance

"Now I can go home whether it was a good day or a bad day [at practice] and have it end great because I'm with my kids. It's like, Chill out, you worked really hard today, you have tomorrow -- enjoy."

Playing with a partner

"Misty makes me want to be better so I can make her life on the court as easy as possible. If I'm having a bad day, I'm going to keep working to improve. If she's hurting, I want to step up for her."

Taking a time-out

"Last year my sports psychologist and my coach said I needed to pause. Now I go somewhere quiet and just breathe, which is hard for me to do because I always want to get everything done. God is really present in my life. I talk to Him every single day, and I know everything is going to be okay. I have a lot of faith."

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julissasantos1994 wrote:

Amazing advice!

8/13/2012 11:34:18 PM Report Abuse

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