Every athlete experiences a setback during his or her career. That’s just part of sports.
But with every setback, there’s also a chance to come back.
Liberty Mutual Insurance sat down with USA Hockey Women’s National Team forward Lyndsey Fry to get her thoughts on making a strong comeback from her setback.
In our exclusive Take 5 interview, Lyndsey shared the lessons learned overcoming the death of her best friend and former teammate, Liz Turgeon in 2010. Lyndsey and Liz grew up playing hockey together in Colorado, and Liz passed away when they were both just 18 years old.
Lyndsey told us that she “considered (Liz) a sister and a huge part of [her] hockey life,” and that Liz’s death left her feeling “angry and lost” at first. Even months later, Lyndsey said, “[I] didn’t even know if I wanted to play hockey anymore.”
At the time, Lyndsey was torn between returning to Colorado to be with Liz’s family and accepting the invitation to her first senior USA Hockey Women’s National Team camp, which was set to start in just three days.
Eventually, Lyndsey decided to stop feeling sad for the loss of Liz, and instead “began using her memory as fuel to be better.” She also shared that part of those memories involved a promise the two teammates once made to each other to eventually play on the National Team together.
Lyndsey was part of the Silver Medal-winning USA Hockey Women’s National Team in Sochi, Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics, and she believes that Medal win helped “honor” Liz and her memory.
Lyndsey believes that setbacks not only help fuel comebacks, but also help athletes realize their full strength, abilities and potential. She advises young athletes who are dealing with a loss or any other setbacks to just “believe.”
“You are so much stronger than you think, and everything will get better,” says Lyndsey. “Of course, this challenge wasn’t in your plan, but you’ll learn from it and be stronger after. Be patient and try to have the best attitude possible.”
To read the full Take 5 interview with Lyndsey, visit ResponsibleSports.com. Come back next month for another exclusive Take 5 interview!
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Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!