Lauren Holiday - Ask, Listen, Learn

Lauren Holiday

Two-time Olympic gold medalist winning gold with the national team at the2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She also played in the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She previously played for the Boston Breakers in the WPS and collegiate soccer for the UCLA Bruins.

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Lauren Holiday, member of the US women’s World Cup soccer team, is here to answer questions about the importance of saying YES to a healthy lifestyle to accomplish your dreams!

Playing in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final must be stressful! How do you mentally prepare to do something like that?

Nothing can prepare you for the feeling you get when you step on that field. The best way to mentally prepare is to clear your head and focus on what you’ve trained to do. When you train like our team does, those steps are ingrained in your movements. Remember to always trust yourself! If you believe in your training and in those around you, whether that be a coach, teammate, or even a positive role model, you’re unstoppable!

How does belonging to a team help you succeed as an athlete?

When you’re part of a team, you get constant reassurance that your sacrifices are worth it. All that hard work, training—it’s bigger than you. You get to help your teammates, your friends, succeed. For me, that feeling you get when you succeed as a team helps me train even harder. It makes every athletic accomplishment seem even more satisfying and I’m ready to do it all over again the next day.

What kinds of goals do you set for yourself while you are training?

One of the most important goals I set for myself is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I know none of my athletic goals matter if my body can’t accomplish them. That means getting a full night’s rest every night, eating well, and keeping a positive attitude on and off the field.

When you were a young athlete, what were your biggest challenges off the field? In particular, how did you decide to say “no” to underage drinking?

When I was younger, the hardest part was finding friends who understood my goals and actually helped me succeed as an athlete. There were many times I had to stay in instead of going out with my friends because I had practice the next morning. Saying “NO” to underage drinking is easy when you have a goal in mind and surround yourself with people who share those goals. Your friends should be your biggest support system! They should be the ones encouraging you to do the right thing, espe

Now that you have retired from soccer, how do you plan to stay physically active?

I’m not working out as much as I did before—so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is extremely important. The soccer regime is still important to me, so running has always been a big part of my life. However, if I can’t run, I’ll try to do something less intense like yoga, swimming, or even just walking somewhere instead of driving! I try to think outside the box and stay active for as much of my day as I can!

Have you checked out the Scholastic materials featuring Erin and her fellow Superstars Lex Gillette and Erin Hamlin? Check it out here!

Lauren taped over 20 PSAs with us about saying YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking with Attorneys General from around the country! Check them out here!

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