Laura Biondo is a freestyle soccer record holder. What does that mean? It means she has won awards for being pretty awesome with the soccer ball. Like the most “around the world” ball control tricks in one minute by a female (she did 63!) and many other freestyle feats. So we asked Junior Reporters if they had any questions for her and our curious reporters did! Here is what they asked and what she had to say!
Question from Junior Reporter Jacqui C.
1. “How do you balance your life and your sports?”
Laura’s answer: It’s actually not that hard. Most of my life is sports because I love it. Most things I do involve sports, and that for me is fun. I also listen to myself to know when maybe I want to do something different, and then I just look at when the best moment is to do it. It’s all about following your heart and what makes you happy.
QUESTION FROM JUNIOR REPORTER Clarissa R.
2. “Have you ever experienced sexism from a coach or teammate?”
Laura’s answer: Really good question! Yes, I have. But I don’t let that affect me or weaken me. It has made me stronger to work and fight against that to help other girls so that they don’t have to go through that too. The beautiful thing about life is that we are all different, and we can all have our own opinions; we just need to know how to respect others for who they are and what they do. So when I come across those times where someone says that I am just a girl or something like that, I just fuel myself to be stronger and believe in myself because I can be who I want to be. It doesn’t matter if I am a girl or a boy.
QUESTION FROM JUNIOR REPORTER Kabir S.
3. Question: “How long do you practice every day?”
Laura’s answer: It really depends on what I need to train for. For example, for a competition, I train up to five or six hours a day with the ball. If it’s for shows, it’s different training and I do a little less, maybe two or three hours a day. I always have to do physical training to maintain strength and cardio. So at least every day I do four hours of training.