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Kerri Walsh Jennings on Being A Great Teammate

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Kerri Walsh Jennings (@KerriLeeWalsh) is a professional beach volleyball player on Team USA. Walsh Jennings attended Stanford on a volleyball scholarship before playing professionally, and is now a five time Olympian, entering her first Games on the USA indoor volleyball team, and four time Olympic champion. She is the most decorated beach volleyball Olympian of all time, having won three gold and one bronze medal in beach volleyball. She has also had major success in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and World Tour, with 24 FIVB awards and honors under her belt since 2002.

Walsh Jennings talks about the importance of being a good teammate by being empathetic and positive.

Putting yourself in the other persons’ shoes to imagine how you yourself would feel in various tough situations is important to developing a culture of trust on teams. Being a supportive and positive individual in team settings is crucial to keeping spirit up and moving on from mistakes. Reassuring teammates that they’ll get the next point with a smile or high five is helpful in staying positive collectively.