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Olympic beach volleyball player April Ross draws incredible courage from mother's death

Olympic beach volleyball player April Ross draws incredible courage from mother's death

7/23/2021 3:54:00 PM

Olympic beach volleyball player April Ross draws incredible courage from mother's death

The bond between a little girl and her mother hasn't ended, but rather continues in quest for a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

April Ross was only a young girl when she sat on her bed crying, just wanting to figure out what sport she wanted to pursue for the rest of her life. Would it be soccer or volleyball? She was confused and afraid to pick the wrong one.Her mother, Margie, came to April's side to give her comfort and say she'd support her no matter what road she took.

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"I was crying, and my mom just kept reassuring me everything was going to be ok regardless of what I chose. She didn't try to steer me one way or the other, but was just there for me," April said.That young April Ross chose the volleyball path, and so far it's been sparkling. Now, she wants to make it golden.

April Ross is an American beach volleyball player on her third Olympic team, and with a third different playing partner. She and Alix Klineman are the No. 2 seed heading into this year's 2020 Tokyo SummerOlympicstournament.Ross won the silver medal at the London Games (2012) with partner Jennifer Kessy and a bronze in Rio de Janeiro (2016) with partner Kerri Walsh-Jennings. But now, she wants more. She wants gold, and she wants to do it for mom. headtopics.com

April Ross of Team USA Women's Beach Volleyball plays a shot during practice ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesShe thrives off the memory of her mother, who fiercely battled metastatic breast cancer for 10 years.

Margie, the soft-hearted emotional glue of the family who accepted all stray cats—and even nursed them until they could fend for their own—passed away in 2001, when April was a sophomore at the University of Southern California.Now that 20 years have passed, she still uses her mother's strength and courage to push her on the court, in her health and for promoting good health to the world.

Ross carries the memory of her mother's strength, perseverance and kind heart with her still today, all while facing the toughest beach volleyball players in the world at the Olympics—one year after the world got flipped upside down by COVID and pushed the 2020 Games until the year 2021.

There's the pressure of the Olympics itself, and more pressure with being favored to medal again."I think you can let pressure get to you and it is there, but also part of the mental challenge is dealing with that pressure and keeping it in perspective," Ross told headtopics.com

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Newsweekbefore she jetted to Tokyo."We might be favored because of our seed, but everyone is so good and the level is so high and everyone is battling back and forth." Read more: Newsweek »

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