Laura Berg Answers My 10 Questions.

Here you go! Another in my set of blog posts called 10 questions. On these short posts I send 10 questions to great softball players, and coaches. Then I am post the questions with their answers.

This week former Olympian Laura Berg answers my 10 questions. Written By Gary Leland

Laura Berg

Laura Berg

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I was 6 when I first started playing.

Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. There were several special people who helped me become a great. My father who took me to the batting cages every Friday night. My twin sister, Randi, who always played catch with me and my travel ball coach Gary Haning.

Q. How do you get ready for a game?

A. I like to listen to music while I'm getting ready for a game. I usually start getting ready about two hours ahead of time. I don't like to feel rushed.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. When not involved with softball I love to be with my family and love going to the movies.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. I feel my competitive nature has made me the ball player I am. I HATE to lose. Even in a friendly card game. Ha ha ha That has pushed me to work hard at everything I do.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. My superstitions are never touching the chalk lines. Cleaning out the batters box before every at bat.

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. I have several great softball memories but the special one is being on the gold medal podium with my teammates hearing our national anthem and watching our flag rise to the top.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. The mental part of the game is the difference between a good player and a great player.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. If there was something else I wanted to be as a profession would be an astronaut. They get to float in space and do some really cool stuff. 🙂

Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. The best example I can give is I didn't play a whole lot when I first started travel ball because of my size. I wanted to quit the team but my mom wouldn't let me. She said there's a lesson to learn from this. This made me work harder so I would never sit the bench again. I think it worked out fine 🙂

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