“I’m a Better Athlete Now, Being a Mom”- Inspired by Serena Williams, USWNT’s Crystal Dunn Says Motherhood Helped Her in Improving as an Athlete

Published 07/16/2023, 9:44 AM EDT

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Crystal Dunn, the standout player for the US Women’s National Team (USWNT), is following in the footsteps of tennis icon Serena Williams. While Serena is a tennis legend, Crystal has made her mark in soccer. Last year, Dunn surprised fans with her quick return, rejoining the national team less than four months after giving birth. In a recent interview with Just Women’s Sports, the soccer player shared her experience of motherhood as she prepares for the 2023 World Cup.

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The USWNT star also expressed how becoming a mom has positively influenced her athletic career, which has, in turn, allowed her to appreciate every moment on and off the field. Interestingly, Crystal herself has been an avid fan of Serena, stating “I actually watched her play before I was even watching women’s soccer.”

Dunn talks about motherhood, versatility and the greatest joys

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In the current NWSL season, Dunn has continued to impress, scoring five goals and starting in five of the seven USWNT matches. The 31-year-old seems to be in good form, as she prepares for the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Having given birth recently, Dunn shared how becoming a mother changed her perspective. In the interview she said, “I feel like I’m a better athlete now, being a mom, because I have learned to really appreciate every little moment.” She believes motherhood has given her a new perspective, enabling her to cherish every pass, tackle, and opportunity on the field.

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The USWNT star’s ability to excel in multiple positions has been a defining characteristic of her career. She said, “Playing multiple positions is something that I think I’ll be remembered for.” Dunn also shared that one of the greatest joys is having her son watch her matches from the stands. She expressed, “Seeing my son in the stands brings me the most happiness. It reminds me that I’m playing for something bigger than just winning games.”

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Dunn joined Megan Rapinoe’s ‘Blue crew’ just seven days before the world cup. Dunn also shared her thoughts on the team’s jerseys; she admitted a preference for the blue jerseys, explaining, “I like our blue jerseys better. They look clean, and I have a fondness for the color blue. It also represents the spirit of America.”

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Dunn’s determination and resilience were evident as she played a crucial role in her team’s NWSL Championship run in 2022. Her story resonates deeply with athletes and fans alike. It shows the profound impact that motherhood can have on an athlete’s perspective and performance. Her journey influenced by Serena Williams, showcases the transformative power of becoming a mother.

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Sourav Kalita

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Sourav Jyoti Kalita is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. Soccer has been a passion he follows since school days where he has participated extensively in matches where he looks for a chance to don the jersey and take the field. A fan of the glorious Red Devils, he also ardently supports his local team North East United that plays in the Indian Super League.
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