Carli Lloyd, American Athlete ( July 16, 1982 - )

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It's always hard to deal with injuries mentally, but I like to think about it as a new beginning. I can't change what happened, so the focus needs to go toward healing and coming back stronger than before.~Carli Lloyd

Change Focus Beginning

If you have a dream, it's definitely achievable through hard work, through dedication, sacrifice, everything.~Carli Lloyd

Work Hard Work Sacrifice

I really hate drama. It's draining; it's mentally draining. It's a waste of time.~Carli Lloyd

Time Hate Drama

I've kept to myself, I've put my head down. I've gone to work. And I have felt undervalued.~Carli Lloyd

Work Myself Down

Playing in Wembley Stadium in front of 83-some-thousand fans to win a gold medal was unreal.~Carli Lloyd

Gold Win Fans

Every time I step onto the field, whether people like it or not, I'm not trying to play dirty - I'm just playing tough.~Carli Lloyd

Time People Step

I went from a player who was never fit to a person who actually worked hard to get myself in shape.~Carli Lloyd

Myself Never Shape

I think - you know, I want to intimidate people when I'm on the field. I want people to be scared of me. That's just kind of the nature of who I am as a person and player. But I also know that you have to be emotional. You have to be in touch with your feelings. I think that's important.~Carli Lloyd

Nature I Am People

I know that I'm a natural attacking player. I love to attack. I love to play freely; I love to combine and play through balls. That's the nature of my game.~Carli Lloyd

Love Nature Game

If you're quiet, and you don't speak out, you're never going to get anything accomplished.~Carli Lloyd

Speak You Quiet

Basically my whole life revolves around soccer. I don't take many vacations. Everything just gets put on the back burner because of my training. I miss out on a lot of weddings and family functions. But at the end of the day, I'm sitting here as a world champion, and it feels pretty good.~Carli Lloyd

Life Family Good

Any professional athlete will tell you that the mind is everything. For me, there is no shame in saying that I visualize and I meditate, because it really works.~Carli Lloyd

Mind Me You

In those one-off games, everyone can do those, but you put together a six, seven-game tournament, the strong survive. For me to still feel good from beginning to end, that's a testament to how I train and what I do.~Carli Lloyd

Good Strong End

This is my journey. If I fall, I have to pick myself up. If I'm not getting the playing time I want, it's up to me to figure out why.~Carli Lloyd

Time Journey Myself

If I've learned anything in my career, it's that nothing worthwhile in life comes easy. That's just the way it is.~Carli Lloyd

Life Career Nothing

To be among the world's greatest athletes and compete for Team U.S.A. while knowing that the entire world is watching is something that athletes dream about. To be able to experience that was truly special.~Carli Lloyd

Experience Team Greatest

I had one girl tell me last night that I'm the greatest thing ever, that she wants to aspire to be me. Just stuff like, 'You're my idol. I love you.' It's awesome. It's what it's all about.~Carli Lloyd

Love I Love You Greatest

You don't want to get too wrapped up in that final destination. You want to enjoy the journey, enjoy the process, and just take it one step at a time.~Carli Lloyd

Time Journey Destination

I've taken great pride in not being fragile.~Carli Lloyd

Great Pride Fragile

I want to be strong. I want to be able to hit people. I want people to be able to bounce off me. When I go out there and play, I play to intimidate people. If someone gets hit down by me, they're going to think twice about coming near me again.~Carli Lloyd

Strong People Me

At the end of the day, you can be physically strong, you can have all the tools out there, but if your mental state isn't good enough, you can't bring yourself to bigger and better things.~Carli Lloyd

Good Day Strong

Everything in my life - family, friends, even my fiance - are all second to soccer. And I've won every tournament where I haven't had anyone there. It just seems to work for me. I don't think I'm going to change that.~Carli Lloyd

Life Family Work

Nobody has done more for me than my parents, who devoted untold amounts of time and money that allowed me to play the game I love. It's no exaggeration to say I never would have gotten anywhere near a World Cup, an Olympics, or even the U.S. national team without them. I have never forgotten that, and I never will.~Carli Lloyd

Love Time Money

My emergence has been slow and steady, I would say. I think I've improved every single year. I keep getting better; I keep getting fitter, sharper - and I'm not stopping.~Carli Lloyd

Better Think Single

For so long, I've been a little misunderstood as a person. You know, I do have this strut about me. I don't know if it's the Jersey girl in me. I like to think of myself as an egg, you know? Hard on the outside but soft on the inside.~Carli Lloyd

Myself Girl Me

I don't want to be known for someone that's good-looking. I want to be known as someone who is one of the best midfielders. That's my thing.~Carli Lloyd

Best Want Someone