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Maria Paola [mariapaaola] 

What is your sport, and what level of commitment do you have to it?
my sport is volleyball. i attend to every practice and game there is. i am very commited to my team and i practice 3 days a week: mondays, wednesdays and fridays.
How did you get started? Who introduced you to the sport?
i started playing volleyball at age 8. my dad and my friends introduced me to the sport.
Who was the sports idol that impressed you the most as a child? And who impresses you now?
i really dont have someone i admire in volleyball but i guess it would be - Picky Soto ( he plays corner in Puerto Rico's team ).
Do you have a coach/trainer who guides and helps you? What is your relationship with that person like?
yes. i am currently struggling with my jump when i'm going to spike but he has helped me and i have improved a lot with him. we have a very good relashionship
Who have been your best teammates? Why?
i dont have best teammates i think they are alll great!
Which gives more satisfaction: to surpass a rival, or to surpass yourself?
to surpass myself .. it doesn't matter if i win or loose i just know that i did the best that i could and gave it a shot.
What other sports or competitions do you follow closely? What magazines or websites do you use to keep up to date?
i like gymnastics...i'm not in it because my mom thinks its too dangerous...:( but i truly consider it one of the most challenging and beautiful sports
How do you control negative thoughts after a mistake, such as hitting a ball into your own team's goal or getting off to a bad start?
sometimes i get REALLY mad .. but hey we all make mistakes!I try to focus and let it all out so i don't make the same mistake again.
Is it a good thing to have a certain amount of rivalry among members of a team?
Have you have suffered any serious injuries? How is morale maintained during recovery?
no but i've twisted my ankle a lot..
Is sport a social sublimation of war?
Should technology be used to replace referees in sports events?
What plans do you have for yourself? What do you want to achieve?
i plan to keep playing volleyball till i graduate from high school but what i really want to be is an actress! :)
What advice do you have for those just starting out?
to never give up. I know that sometimes its frustrating when something goes wrong or you just can't bump, set, serve or spike correctly but thats part of the process. And someday you will get it right so don't quit because you played a bad game or a bad season..

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