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7 Lessons to Learn from Lindsey Vonn

7 Lessons to Learn from Lindsey Vonn

Originally posted on ZGiRLS.org, confidence-building & mentorship program for adolescent female athletes started by Olympic & NCAA athletes 

During her World Cup Super-G run in Schladming, Austria, Lindsey Vonn’s ski caught in the snow, blowing the inside of her knee to bits (torn ACL, MCL, and fractured tibia). Ten months post-surgery she partially tore her ACL again in a training run. Her hard work to compete in Sochi 2014 came to an end, and she underwent her second surgery in 2014. It was a long, hard road back… And then...


7 Lessons to Learn from Lindsey Vonn

7 Lessons to Learn from Lindsey Vonn

Originally posted on ZGiRLS.org, confidence-building & mentorship program for adolescent female athletes started by Olympic & NCAA athletes 

During her World Cup Super-G run in Schladming, Austria, Lindsey Vonn’s ski caught in the snow, blowing the inside of her knee to bits (torn ACL, MCL, and fractured tibia). Ten months post-surgery she partially tore her ACL again in a training run. Her hard work to compete in Sochi 2014 came to an end, and she underwent her second surgery in 2014. It was a long, hard road back… And then...


Finding Mindfulness Through Injury

Finding Mindfulness Through Injury

Originally posted on ZGiRLS.org 

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life (during recovery) pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

My former teammate, Sara Brathwaite had an inner drive to be the best soccer player she could be, and through her ceaseless dedication, she became an absolutely phenomenal soccer player.

In her fifth year of college soccer,...


The Return

The Return

When your surgeon says, “you’re cleared to play,” a giant wave of excitement and fear washes over you. After an ACL reconstruction surgery, 6-9 months of physical therapy, you are finally ready for action. Yet, this is just the beginning of the next chapter in your recovery.

In the next chapter, we encourage you to maintain a quiet confidence by celebrating your progress, to persist when you don’t feel like you can anymore, and to know that you are not alone. With a series of ACL...


When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

At 12 years old I set my mind on becoming a college athlete. After the highest of highs and lowest of lows in my youth career, I finally “made it” when I committed to play for DePaul Women’s Soccer Team. My dream was short lived on Wish Field. During the last practice of my freshman preseason, I tore my ACL for the third time. I was angry. I was sad. I was frustrated. I was overwhelmed with my inner voice. I was fearful of what the future held. But I wasn’t alone. Within...