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Kami Craig

Waterpolo | USA

Home: Long Beach, CA

Olympics: 2008, 2012, 2016

Medal Count: 2 Gold, 1 Silver

 

Favorite Athletic Achievement: Standing on top of the podium hearing our national anthem being played was by far the proudest moment of my life.

Personal Achievement: The personal achievement I am most proud of is the community of family and friends that I have developed over the years. It's amazing what is possible when you are surrounded by a rock solid support group with mutual love, trust, and respect.

Why I am Inspired to be a RISE Mentor: I believe in the value and importance of human connection. Through out my life I had a few key people that believed in me. They did not just believe in me but they taught me how to believe in myself and showed me the value and purpose I would bring to whatever I would apply myself too. The impact that my parents, teachers, teammates, and mentors made on me will last a lifetime. If I can connect and instill belief in one athlete then I will be passing the torch to our next generation of athletes to do great things with courage and confidence.

What would I tell my 13-year-old self: 

I understand how difficult it is to get through a single day of school. But I promise you, the adversity you are facing, the grit you are developing, and work ethic that is being created will serve a far greater purpose as time goes on. Sport will be your greatest joy. Pour yourself into it! There will be plenty of people through out your journey who do not believe in you. Don't listen to them. There words should only be there to motivate you! Lean on Mom and Dad. They will be your greatest support through out this journey. There will be a time in your career that you will lose yourself a bit. Do not hold in your personality or joy because a coach or teammate made you feel like you had too. Be fun, be smiley, and be goofy, it will be energy that everyone benefits from. There will always be the next practice, next game, next tournament, and next goal. But please try your best to be present. Do not let your mind go onto the next goal without enjoy the moment that you are currently in. This journey is going to bring a lot of amazing people into you life. Your coaches and teammates will be the people you spend the majority of your time with. The lessons you learn with them and from them will end up shaping you into the person you are today. Lastly, trust me when I say you will survive your first swim meet, you will survive your first day of High School, you will survive getting cut from the youth national team. You will survive getting cut from the junior national team, you will survive losing NCAA three years in a row, you will survive losing in the finals of the Olympic Games. And you will continue to survive and over come so much more. All of the heart ache and adversity will only make you stronger and wiser.

Be Brave little girl, you’re destined to much greater things than you can even dream of and most importantly keep smiling and having fun!

Favorite way to focus: By being present and the process of preparation.

Best way to rest/recover: Spend time with friends and family. And a day trip to the beach!!

Fun Fact: I am the only athlete in my family of 5.

What I do now: I am an athlete mentor at RISE Athletes, I host my own water polo camps called Camps4Champs that focus on empowering young women through the sport of water polo, I have enjoyed motivational speaking to a variety of audiences, and sports broadcasting for USA Water Polo and Pac-12 Network covering the both men's and women's water polo!

My Favorite Mentoring Moment: 

I have been fortunate to have many favorite mentoring moments! I have experienced this with a number of athletes and its different for each athlete but the moment when an athlete recognizes that the are capable! The confidence that surrounds my athletes when they fully embrace that they are capable is about as good as it gets! And the best part is they did the hard work to own that belief themselves.