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Effort, Talent, Passion, And Determination

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One of the most decorated female water polo players in the world, Heather Petri (@PeteIsAGirl) is a PCA National Advisory Board Member. She earned a silver medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and most recently, earned a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

In this video clip, we hear Petri explain what sets elite athletes apart. Having talent will get you to a certain point, but it’s what you do in addition to that talent that makes the difference. As Petri says here, “Sports give you a rare opportunity to challenge yourself.” Athletes who show effort, determination and passion in their sport need those traits to complement talent in order to reach an elite level.