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Overcoming Adversity: An Individual Athlete Chooses Not To Quit

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Rachael Flatt is a retired American figure skater and current student at Stanford University. She is the 2010 U.S. national champion, 2008, 2009 and 2011 national silver medalist, and 2008 World Junior Champion. At the 2010 Winter Olympics she placed 7th.

Here, Flatt talks about why she continued to skate even though she often thought of quitting. As an individual athlete at the elite level, she had demands on her time and frustrations with skill improvement that made her consider quitting after a bad practice every once in a while. But she stuck with it because of her passion for skating. In the end, she couldn’t give it up and she fought through the bad days and focused on the good.