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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Strong. Capable. Enough.Those words, written on Rachael Adams water bottle, serve as a reminder. Along with the words below: Dont Dare Tell Yourself Differently.Its her affirmation, a message she heeds each day, and one she would like to share with girls and women everywhere.Just last summer, Adams wasnt sure she would be playing volleyball at the Rio Olympics. On Saturday, she will play for a bronze medal.With star player Foluke Akinradewo injured early, the top-ranked Americans (7-1) rallied from a 2-1 deficit before falling in five sets to Serbia on Thursday -- 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13.Not chosen as one of the four American middle blockers for the World Cup in Japan, Adams knew she was out of the Olympic mix at that moment. Yet she also realized she had a supportive coach in Karch Kiraly, who would not give up on her, provided she committed to being a more consistent player.It hurt a lot, but deep down there was a trust and a belief, Adams said Wednesday. I didnt know where that would take me, but I knew that I had to embrace my journey. Everybody when times are tough is like, `I dont want to go through this, but I was like, `OK, What do I need to be learning, why am I going through this, what are the lessons I need to take? Last summer was very difficult. Everything shaped me for this moment and for this goal.Adams had eye surgery. She wasnt quite herself. Doubts crept in.Its not like I didnt believe in myself. But our thoughts become a reality, said Adams, who has embraced the mental side of sports and the expertise of high-performance psychologist Michael Gervais.Now, she has worked her way back so brilliantly Kiraly calls her the most-improved player in the U.S. program this year and named her an Olympic starter. Adams came through Thursday against Serbia, the very team that beat the Americans at the World Cup last year. That meant the U.S. had to earn its berth from a January qualifier in Lincoln, Nebraska.She made three leaping blocks in the middle during the decisive fifth set and a kill for a 12-10 lead, but she also had a costly serve into the net down the stretch. Adams scurried some 15 feet behind the baseline to save a ball in the must-win fourth that led to a kill by Jordan Larson.Over the past two years, Adams would be selected to travel for some tournaments and not others. Away in Italy with her club team last summer when her American teammates were elsewhere, Adams pledged to make progress. Her professional coach also challenged her to chase her Olympic ambitions.I set out to improve, she said. I had to think things through, `You want to go there, but you have to grow here.The 26-year-old Adams does much behind the scenes, too. Just this past spring, she launched her Proceed With Courage T-shirts featuring the hashtag journeystrength. The motto is To remind girls stay with it.Just the way Adams was determined. Kiraly noticed. Everybody did.Rachaels had a tremendous 2016, her coach said. They all have a special story and all of them have adversity that lots of people dont know about. Rachael is an example of that, fighting through some ups and downs and some real challenges to become part of this. Theres no player in our program more improved than Rachael in this 2016 season. Thats been phenomenal for her. Shes worked herself into a starting role.Adams, who figures she goes through more athletic tape for her fingers than anybody on the team, earned a spot on the 12-player roster from a deep pool of talented middle blockers.Her teammates are thrilled to have her.Shes steady. We trust her, libero Kayla Banwarth said. Theres no doubt whether or not shes going to get it done.As she celebrates each step toward the goal of the Americans first gold in womens volleyball, Adams takes pride in how far she has come in a year.It made me a stronger person, she said. There are lessons to deal with, hard and difficult times that you have in life. You have the capability to take on that mission that you want to take on. Atlanta Falcons Russell Gage Jersey . -- The Sacramento Kings are set to become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin virtual currency for ticket and merchandise purchases. Atlanta Falcons Jerseys For Sale . -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated, a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation. http://www.cheapjerseysfalcons.us/ . The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. Cheap Falcons Jerseys Free Shipping . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. Cheap Falcons Jerseys Hoodies .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. BRADENTON, Fla. -- Miomir Kecmanovic projects the exact confidence you would expect to see from someone who has the potential to become a star in the tennis universe.The No. 1 junior player in the world, Kecmanovic has captured two prestigious tournaments in recent weeks and is set to begin his professional career next month. Everything seems to be pointing toward future success, and the 17-year-old Serbian is ready to accept the challenge.Kecmanovic, along with his management and coaching team, has a methodical plan in mind for the upcoming year. He will begin playing in Futures tournaments in Florida. When he proves himself at that level, he will graduate to ATP Challenger Tour events. He might seek to play in a couple ATP Tour events as a wild card, but there is no desire to cut corners. The goal for 2017 is to achieve steady progress.My goal would be to win a Future, and to get into the top 300, Kecmanovic said in an interview at his IMG Academy training base. That would be the goal. I think thats realistic, and if I play good in the second part of the year, maybe I can go even further than that.IMG coach Jose Lambert agreed that those objectives are attainable and noted that Kecmanovic already boasts skills that compare favorably to the worlds top 100 players. If Kecmanovic remains healthy and plays a full schedule, Lambert sees no reason the Serbian prodigy cant make a leap similar to the one fellow IMG trainee Michael Mmoh enjoyed this year.Hes been chasing Mike, whos now No. 198 in the world and is only a year older, Lambert said. Hes looking at that and where he wants to be a year from now.Kecmanovic is also aware that former No. 1 juniors Alexander Zverev (2013) and Taylor Fritz (2015) rapidly ascended the ATP rankings after turning pro. Zverev climbed to No. 136 in the world by the end of 2014, moved up to No. 83 in 2015 and currently sits at No. 24. Fritz rose as high as No. 53 a few months ago and currently sits at No. 76.Those guys are playing very good, and its tough to do what they did, Kecmanovic said. Everybody has their own path. Ill just worry about next year and try to do my best, play without pressure and see how far I can get.Earlier this month, Kecmanovic captured the title at the Eddie Herr International Junior Championship and won the Orange Bowl Boys 18s singles title for the second year in a row. He lost only one set over the course of 12 matches at those events. Those achievements came on the heels of reaching the quarterfinals at two September futures events in California.To build on those successes, Kecmanovic wants to improve his conditioning and get better at the tactical aspects of the game that are so important against elite opponents, such as reading the opponent, knowing his tendencies and being able to adapt during a match. While Kecmanovic is doing that, his Vienna-based agent, Alexei Nikolaev, will begin weighing endorsement offers with an eye toward establishing his brand in the United States first.ddddddddddddWhat he accomplished this year just shows that he is a great fighter, said Nikolaev. As a personality, I think he is mature enough to cope with any challenge. He is very motivated. He is not afraid of anything.Kecmanovic started playing tennis at age 6: He was bored on a family trip to the Mount Zlatibor resort area in Serbia, so his grandparents took him to the courts. Within a few years, he was winning tournaments and began to dream about becoming a professional someday. He kept playing and kept winning, and Nikolaev eventually discovered him at a 2013 tournament in Moscow. Kecmanovic had strained his neck in practice a few days earlier, and it was questionable as to whether he would be able to compete. No matter, he won the tournament anyway.Months later, right around the time he turned 14, Kecmanovic moved to Florida to train full time at IMG Academy and began instruction with Lambert. While there are obvious challenges to growing up 5,000 miles away from home, he still talks on a daily basis with his parents, Dragutin and Maja, both of whom are surgeons in Belgrade. Kecmanovic entered an English-language school in first grade and speaks it fluently. Hes now one year away from earning his Serbian high school diploma through online classes.I dont think they were too happy about me going so far away at such an early age, said Kecmanovic, who is an only child. But I think they knew that was the best opportunity that I could get to become a good tennis player.Now after three years of working together on the court, Lambert said Kecmanovic has all the tools needed to succeed at the next level. Its just a matter of continuing to improve as he matures physically.I think he loves his tennis, Lambert said. He owns it. He has a lot of great aspirations, great habits, great support. I feel like he really, really wants to do his best.Kecmanovic has gotten to know fellow Belgrade native Novak Djokovic at Grand Slam events in recent years. The 12-time major winner has hit shots a couple times with his younger countryman and offered advice on his game. But Kecmanovics interest in Djokovic goes beyond their shared hometown.I love how he plays, Kecmanovic said. I like his style. I admire his mental toughness -- that when everything is against him, he can always find that extra bit of energy to win and prove hes the best.The future is wide open for Kecmanovic, but his success to this point doesnt appear to have gone to his head. When asked where he might want to live if he becomes a top player someday, he was cautious not to get ahead of himself.Ill just stay focused until I get there, said Kecmanovic, who will remain based in Florida for the foreseeable future. Then we can pick where Im going to live. Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Hoodies Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Discount Jerseys ' ' '
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