I don't think that once you get to one level, you can relax. You've got to keep pushing.
First master the fundamentals.
Don't let winning make you soft. Don't let losing make you quit. Don't let your teammates down in any situation.
My coach told me, "Larry, no matter how much you work at it, there's always someone out there who's working just a little harder - if you take 150 practice shots, he's taking 200." And that drove me.
I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.
Once you are labeled 'the best' you want to stay up there, and you can't do it by loafing around.
Anytime you've got an opportunity to play for your country and win a gold medal, I think that takes it all. That's the greatest thing you could ever achieve in your sport. So, I have been very fortunate to play on great teams, but the gold medal was probably the best.
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