This International Day of the Girl, we must urge communities, governments and families here and around the globe to recognize that gender equality in sports is not only a gateway for girls to excel in youth, it is a key to personal, national and international prosperity.
Rethinking the way we perceive stress may actually improve our physical and mental performance. It may be easier to give in to our fears, but you will accomplish much more in life and feel a greater sense of pride for facing them.
I was pretty nervous about going to the detention center and even more nervous that the programs we introduced wouldn't be anything that the boys wanted. I knew that what I was doing was important, however, and I just hoped the love I had for sports would be contagious.
I recently attended a speech by Andre Agassi at Harvard University. Amidst the crowds of people, Agassi strolled in unnoticed. Having seen him dominate the court countless times on TV, I anticipated something different from what I saw.
We are often focused on consequences right now. Thinking of how something will impact us beyond the present moment helps put the risk into perspective. Many times you will find that a setback won't matter a year from now -- or even next week. So why not take a chance?
NBA sensation Jeremy Lin chatted with me at SXSW about his brand new documentary, Linsanity the movie, appearing in various YouTube videos and the overall message he wants fans to take away from his new film.
Youth Olympian and 19-year-old Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke won the hearts of the Internet this summer after a video of her sexy warmups went viral. Now that she's arrived in Los Angeles, the athlete behind the meme also proved bust a move to the Internet's other favorite dances.
Many people think that because I took part in an individual -- versus team -- sport, there wasn't a teamwork element. I absolutely guarantee that I wouldn't have my Olympic medal if I didn't know how to find, rely on and get help from many people around me.
It was always the memory of those athletes that helped me persevere through hard times and push past insurmountable obstacles -- and believe me, there were many. And ten years later, I was walking into my own Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
I applaud the Ryan Lochtes, Justin Gatlins and Lolo Joneses for never giving up. I congratulate their parents for letting them believe these Olympic "pipe dreams" are possible. And I thank all the critics for unknowingly pushing these athletes to prove you wrong.
Whether I was feeling sick, the site wasn't up to par, I didn't have enough sleep or there was poor weather, I still had to imagine it was the day of the big event. I had to prepare for the unexpected.
With just over three months to the Summer Olympics in London, many people are picking their favorites to win bronze, silver and gold. As I recall my own experiences leading into my second Olympic games, I've learned not to count out the media's underdogs.
Today, your challenge is to ask yourself if you want to lead a life with no change and no excitement, or do you want to take the chance to find some excitement and exhilaration and really live? Do you want to look back on your life and have regrets for not living to your full potential?