I used to think that if you win a lot, you wouldn’t be so nervous. Just keep winning!
But my friend, Chris, who’s a star soccer player, felt like she had to be perfect all the time… or she would disappoint people.
It would feel like losing.
I was always like, “But you’re so good! Everyone knows that!”
(That didn’t help. She just felt more pressure.)
My friend, Xavier was the same in basketball.
Then I saw a really cool interview that this Olympic swimmer did, and I realized that a lot of people feel pressure.
Her name is Penny Oleksiak, and she’s awesome.
But, even after winning a bunch of medals in the Olympics, and being Canada’s youngest Olympic champion, even she felt a lot of pressure, and started feeling negative about competing.
Here’s part of the interview. I like how she talks about having perspective.
It’s a good reminder to have fun and do your best, but don’t get down on yourself if you don’t win. Everyone has a bad day!
Check out Penny’s full interview here. She’s so cool! Did you know one of her friends is Bianca Andreescu?!?
Bye for now!