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Kahleah Copper’s FIBA diary: Motivations, hopes for tourney

SYDNEY — Every thing occurs for a purpose.

Final 12 months I didn’t make the U.S. Olympic roster and I used that as motivation. Falling down all the time gives motivation for me. So all season lengthy final 12 months, I used that to raise my recreation and it paid off with a WNBA championship in Chicago.

Sadly, we couldn’t defend our title, however there wasn’t a lot time to dwell on it. After we misplaced, I had 24 hours to pack up my home after which flew house to Philadelphia. A brief cease there earlier than heading to San Francisco to fulfill the crew earlier than they got here to Sydney.

There wasn’t a whole lot of time to pack for this journey, however I needed to make it possible for I had my Crocs with me.

My birthday was final month and my Chicago Sky household took care of me getting me an superior pair of Crocs with Jibbitz that match my character. There’s SpongeBob, Drake, my birthdate, and sizzling sauce on them. I don’t go wherever with out the recent sauce. To not point out my nickname KFC and my quantity 2.

As soon as in Sydney we began apply and there was a fast turnaround to study performs. There wasn’t a lot time, however you work issues out. As a professional, it’s a must to. Quick ahead to this week once I’m ready to enter the room for my five-minute assembly to see whether or not I’ll be on the World Cup roster.

I admit I used to be anxious and a sense a bit of bit nervous. In any case, that is the large time. I remembered what occurred final 12 months once I didn’t make it, however I went into this assembly with my head up and prayed for the most effective.

There was instant reduction and a sense of gratefulness and reward once they instructed me I made the crew and that now I’m a part of the U.S. roster that’s competing for the World Cup.

Now it’s time to deal with making an attempt to win a gold medal. I like Cheryl (Reeve). She’s a competitor — which isn’t any shock since she’s a Virgo. She’s a winner and desires to do no matter it takes to win.

There’s 12 nice gamers on this crew and everybody’s working arduous, doing what they’re purported to do. You already know there are different greats ready to return in after you.

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