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Interview With Professional Soccer Player Tiffany Weimer

Tiffany Weimer is a professional soccer player for the 2013 NWSL Champions Portland Thorns.She is also the editor in chief  for Our Game Magazine, a print and online publication dedicated to promoting women's soccer through various topics pertaining to training, nutrition, and health.Tifffany has also played all over the world, including clubs for Canada, Finland, Brazil, Sweden, and Denmark, As a standout athlete at Penn State,Tiffany was Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2002,Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2004, and Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 2005.She also holds the NCAA long scoring streak record for consecutive goals in a season with 17.

In this interview, Tiffany briefly discussed her experience as a professional athlete.

First off congratulations on a great season with Portland. How does it feel to be a NWSL champion?
It feels pretty awesome. I haven't won anything since I was 16 years old, so I had forgotten what it was like a bit :)
 
Are you going to be taking some time off or will you be off to your next adventure?
I will be taking some time off. I went from my season in Denmark right to Portland, so mentally and physically I definitely need to recover.
 
I'm sure the demands of your profession can be both a physical and mental challenge for you. What steps do you take in order to stay healthy on the field?
I think I know my body pretty well and one of the most important things I've learned as a professional athlete is to just listen to it. It's difficult because you're always trying to improve and get better, but I feel that my ability to listen to my body has kept me healthy for a long time.
 
What is the toughest exercise a strength coach has ever made you do?
Run without a ball.
 
What is the toughest thing about being a professional athlete?
The toughest thing is finding balance. It's easy to come home from a morning practice and let it consume your day. Once you can learn to step off the field and shut off or do other things - the process is much more enjoyable and you'll likely be more successful.
 
Does the number "8" have a special meaning to you?
The number 8 means a lot to me because my Dad was No. 8 when he was younger and played hockey. On my first day of soccer my mom told me to pick that number from the box and I haven't let go of it since.
 
Aside from being a successful athlete on the field, you are also the editor in chief for Our Game Magazine. How is Our Game Magazine going and what do you ultimately want to achieve with it? 
OGM is great ... We have amazing people involved and there's nothing more I'd love than to be involved with OGM for the rest of my life.. helping to not only grow the women's game, but also provide jobs/internships for players that might not be able to get experience during their seasons.
 
So what's next for you then to accomplish?
I'm just always looking to get better at soccer and in life. If I can continue to accomplish that, I can live a happy existence :)
 
Fun Facts
 
Any quotes that get you pumped up?
"you are only as big as the dream you dare to live"
 
If you were forced to change your first name, what would it be? Let me guess...ocho????
YES! Ocho definitely
 
You say you're comedian huh? Tell me a joke.
What did the police officer order at the coffee shop? A donut and a copuccino!
 
If I open your fridge, what you I find?
Yogurts, fruits, veggies and cans of Coke haha.
 
What have you learned in the last week?
I learned that sometimes people need to be given opportunities to shine- and we have the amazing gift as people to give that gift all the time.
 
To learn more about Tiffany, visit Our Game Magazine and her website tiffanyweimer.com
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