TAKE 5 with USA Hockey's Lyndsey Fry

3/14/2014

Play Positive TAKE 5 Sports Setback

Lyndsey Fry USA HockeyEvery athlete experiences a setback during his or her career. That is just a part of sports.

But with every setback, there's also a chance to comeback.

Liberty Mutual Insurance sat down with US Women's Hockey player Lyndsey Fry to get her thoughts on making a strong comeback from her setback.

Lyndsey Fry

Lyndsey plays forward for the USA Hockey Women's National Team and is currently working toward a degree in History of Science from Harvard. She is no stranger to the podium, having had success at the U-18, collegiate, and Olympic levels. Lyndsey made her Olympic debut in 2014 in Sochi, where Team USA came away with a silver medal.




Questions

1. Can you describe the most challenging injury you have ever endured in your athletic career?

My best friend, Liz Turgeon, passed away when we were 18. I played hockey with her in Colorado and considered her a sister and a huge part of my hockey life. 

2. Can you describe your reaction to, thoughts and feelings about this injury – both initially, and in the hours and days that followed?

Right away I just thought about getting to Colorado to be with her family. I was angry and lost. I was supposed to go to my first senior Team USA camp 3 days later though, and I could not believe that my family and coach were trying to convince me to go to the camp for a few days before the funeral instead of just going to Colorado. Now that I've been to the Olympics, I realize that it was probably the right decision that I went to camp for a bit. In the months after, I was just frustrated and didn't even know if I wanted to play hockey anymore. 

3. What was the hardest thing to accept about this injury?

That she wasn't coming back and I couldn't put my life on hold and be sad forever. 

4. Were you able to turn your injury “setback” into a “comeback” – and if so, how?

I began using her memory as fuel to be better instead of letting it be something that brought me down and made me sad every day. I also remembered a promise we made to each other after our last game on our Colorado team where we agreed to work really hard and eventually play on the national team together. Well, after she died, I eventually decided to still try and follow through on that promise and I worked really hard and was able to play in the Olympics and win a silver medal in her honor. 

5. What advice would you give a young athlete dealing with an injury?

Believe. You are so much stronger than you think and everything will get better. 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. 

Come back next month for another exclusive TAKE 5 Interview.


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