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Letter to My Younger Self

Savor each moment — not just the victories, but also the experiences, the relationships, the emotions. And when times get tough, look to your family for support.

Brandon Slay, left, holding his silver medal for the 76 kg free style wrestling classification, joins with gold medal winner Leipold Alexander, of Germany and bronze medal winner Eui Jae Moon, of Korea for the medals presentations at the Olympics in Sydney, Saturday, Sept. 30,2000. (AP Photo/J.Pat Carter)

Letter to Olympic Medalists

Here's what I want you to think about before you jump off that starting block or dive into that pool: Why are you doing this?

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Letter to My Younger Self

Dear 17-year-old self: When your Laker dream comes true tomorrow, you need to figure out a way to invest in the future of your family and friends. This sounds simple, and you may think it’s a no-brainer, but take some…

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Letter to My Younger Self

You’re going to play for the U.S. team for a long time. But never take anything for granted. Make the most of the opportunities you have.

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Letter to My Younger Self

You’re meeting some friends from the league at a restaurant tonight, and it will be another good time. But before you go, I want to teach you a new word. The word is no.

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Letter to My Younger Self

Racing is not kind to all of us, Mario. But it will be kind to you — so kind that at times you’ll even feel guilty, wondering why you are deserving of such good fortune while bad things happen to…

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Letter to My Younger Self

Listen very carefully. When your family moves away from Três Corações, don’t forget the socks of your mother. If you forget them, your life may be very different.

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Letter to My Younger Self

Get up. Get up off your knees, Vernon. Because if you don’t, you’ll never forgive yourself, and you’ll leave this world with a broken heart.

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Letter to My Daughter

In case you do end up following Mama’s footsteps, in life or in golf, here’s some of what I know so far. (And to the young girls also reading who want to be athletes, hopefully you learn something, too.)

FILE--Portland Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire takes a breather against the Lakers in Portland, Ore., April 21, 1999.  Stoudamire will have his hands full against Phoenix's Jason Kidd as the two teams start the first round of NBA playoffs in Portland Saturday.    (AP Photo/Jack Smith,File)

Letter to My Younger Self

Dear 12-year-old Dame: Listen to me. When the reporter comes to your locker with the empty cup, don’t freak out. Don’t curse. Don’t get offended. Don’t even react. This is a very important test for you. Just smile and go…

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Letter to My Younger Self

Learn to repeat this over and over, like your own little mantra: He’s just too small. Oh yeah? F--- you. He’s just too small. Oh yeah? F--- you.

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Letter to My Younger Self

Go to the magic place. I know — you were just there. I know, I know. But don’t be shy. I promise. Go there again ... Go to the ice.