There comes a time in all elite athletes' lives when they have to "step away" from their respective sports. When they do, not only are they leaving a sport that they know and love, but often they are leaving behind the only life they have ever known.
Swedish professional golfer Annika Sorenstam, 40, one of the world's most recognized golfers and the female golfer with the most wins to her name, knows all about this transition.
Being a premiere athlete, with all of the time and commitment it requires, is a lifestyle. You "wake up, work out, practice, play, and the next day do the same thing" says Sorenstam in an interview with Graham Bensinger. So what happens when these roles change?
Here, Sorenstam sits down with Bensinger and discusses this shift of stepping away from competitive golf and stepping into new roles in her life as a mother and businesswoman.
The "determination and focus" that Annika utilized in becoming a successful golfer have now been applied to the various organizations that she runs. Sorenstam talks about her budding Annika empire, including her work in golf course design, wine-making, and her clothing line.
Sorenstam talks about being a new mother and her one-year-old baby girl.
Sorenstam talks about the realization process of deciding it was time to move forward and "climb other mountains."
Sorenstam talks about turning 40 years old, her big birthday party, and where she's at now in life.
You don't have to be an elite athlete to know what it means to grow and explore new avenues in life. It is refreshing when someone like Annika sets an example on how to do it with a delicate balance between stubbornness and patience.
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