We're seeing in the Olympics just how well the U.S. women's indoor volleyball team responds to pressure. In their second pool match in Rio, the Americans lost 2 of the first 3 games to a very good Netherlands team but never got rattled. And they pulled out the win.
The ability to maintain that kind of composure in the heat of battle on the world's biggest stage is no accident. As Karch Kiraly, head coach of the U.S. women’s team and a three-time Olympic gold medalist, tells us in this video, the U.S. competes intensely in practice every day to ready themselves for intense competition.
“I think we benefit from the fact that lots of coaches don’t have their teams compete in their gyms,” Karch says. “They’re handing us a competitive advantage.”
Check out the video to hear Karch’s thoughts on how regular competition in training helps the U.S. team learn not only how to win but also how to deal with losing.