#46 Nicole DAVIS [2x Olympian]: How to Harness Your Competitiveness (& Why You May Need To Pivot)

#46 Nicole DAVIS [2x Olympian]: How to Harness Your Competitiveness (& Why You May Need To Pivot)

October 30, 2016

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2014 - FIVB World Championships - Italy (Gold Medal)

2014 - Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)...USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (5th in Preliminary). 

2013 - USA Volleyball Cup. 

2012 - FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Olympic Games (Silver). 

2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)...Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...NORCECA Championship Gold...FIVB World Cup (Silver). 

2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver Medal)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold Medal)...FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 

2009 – Tour of Egypt…Pan American Cup (Fourth)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Ninth)…Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth). 

2008 – Tour of China…U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil…FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)…Olympic Games (Silver Medal). 

2007 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Eighth Place)…NORCECA Championship (Silver Medal)…FIVB World Cup (Bronze Medal).

2006 – World Grand Prix (Seventh Place)…World Championships (Ninth Place). 

2005 – Front Range Tour vs. Brazil…Pan American Cup…World Grand Prix…FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament(Gold Medal)…NORCECA Continental Championships (Gold Medal)…World Grand Champions Cup (Silver Medal).


Position: Libero
Height: 5-4/162 cm
Weight: 145 lbs/66 kg
Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
Current Residence: Newport Beach, Calif.
Birth Date: April 24, 1982
College: University of Southern California
Joined USA National Team: January 2004.

Nicole is a professional indoor volleyball player, graduating from Lincoln High School (Stockton, CA) in 2000. She helped her team to the NorCal championships in 1999 and 2000, as well as a gold medal at the Junior Olympics in 2000, with her local volleyball club, Delta Valley.

While attending and graduating from USC on a full-ride scholarship, she dominated the libero position (a defensive specialist who can substitute freely in the back row) in both her junior and senior seasons, leading USC to two consecutive NCAA National Championships, including an undefeated season. Following her collegiate career, she was invited to join the USA Women’s National Team. Internationally she has won two NORCECA Continental Championships in 2005 and 2011. Davis was also a part of all three World Grand Prix Gold Medal teams, winning back-to-back-to-back championships in 2010, 2011 & 2012, entering the record books as one of only two countries in the history of the tournament to win three-in-a-row. Other international highlights include podium finishes in 2007 and 2011 at the World Cup, earning Olympic births with both efforts. Nicole made her Olympic debut in 2008 in Beijing, winning a silver medal. You saw her wearing her number 6 jersey on television, while the USA team won another silver medal in London Olympic games in 2012. Most recently, she and her team made history winning the 2014 World Championships for the first time. 

Nicole has also played professionally in 8 different countries, including Poland, Turkey, China, Azerbaijan, Italy, Germany, Romania and currently in France. Nicole continues to play and train with the USA National Team, and hopes to make a third Olympic roster for Rio in 2016, and is still chasing an allusive gold medal for the program. 

Her happiest moments in sports include, winning back-to-back National Championships at USC, taking part in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, and representing our country on the USA Team.

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#44 Remaining In the Moment with Berit KAUFFELDT

#44 Remaining In the Moment with Berit KAUFFELDT

April 3, 2016




For today’s Athlete Case Study, we have a German Volleyball Star, Berit Kauffeldt on the line telling us her story. We will dive into how she got into volleyball and where her hard work has taken her throughout her career. She will give out some tips and tools that will help you optimize your path to whatever success you may be seeking as an athlete or a business person in this world and most importantly, REMAINING in the MOMENT.


  • Born, Berit KAUFFELDT, from Parchim, Germany .

  • One younger brother, parents divorced since she was 4 years of age, raised in her mother’s household,

  • Began playing volleyball at age 11; Left home at age 13 to go to school and train to improve in the sport; lived at a boarding school; graduated as an honorary student in academics

  • Has studied Psychology Via online courses and books sent to her home and is expected to graduate this Spring and is . 

  • Played for Junior National Team since the age of 14; Winner of the European Championship in 2007; advanced to SENIOR National Team in 2008 and train with the team ever since; World Champion of 2009; Bronze Medal at the 2011 Grand Prix; 3X German League Champion with Schweriner SC

  • Has played in multiple other countries such as Italy, Poland, and currently for a Champions League team in Baku, Azerbaijan

  • Berit's is active in the stock market at the moment.

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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”


  • When was one of your bigger struggles during your volleyball career so far?

  • What did you learn from these struggles?

  • How did you move forward?

  • When did you have your lightbulb moment in your career, moving from good to great?

  • What is one of your proudest moments in your non volleyball related life?

  • What was one of your proudest volleyball moments this season?

  • What are you most excited for coming up in the future?


  • When tough times come around during season, never forget to focus on yourself and your improvement.

“I started focusing more on myself and developing myself, I started doing yoga
and also reading about nutrition…” -BK @ 17:36

  • Only you can decide how your attitude is and your reaction to coaches and teammates, you control your own efforts to be better

  • We can either run from challenges or face them head up and conquer them no matter how tough it may seem

  • It is important to be able to tell yourself at the end of each day, training, match, that you gave 100%

“When I went to the gym, I always tried hard, I DIDN’T GIVE UP...my positive volleyball moments, I got not from matches, but I got it in practice...after each day I want to say I tried hard.” -BK 19:46

  • Remember to remain focused on present; not the next ball, or next play, not previous ball or previous ball, not the stats, STAY IN THE MOMENT

  • Strong relationships you have built with people is one of the biggest joys you can get in life while being an athlete as you make you way around the world

Berit’s Daily Ritual

In bed between 10:30-11pm, wake up between 7-8am, Oil mouth Rinse for 20 minutes, brush teeth, prepare bag for practice, breakfast, check phone, Get to practice by bus with the team


Berit’s TIP JAR


Recommended Book: How to Train a Wild Elephant : And other Adventures in Mindfulness, by Jan Chozen Bays
Tool/Habit used to stay Healthy: Meditation every morning
Parting Piece of Wisdom: Never stop trying, try your best, and that is enough, don’t put yourself under big pressure


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“If you can respect all people and all people equally, and feel empathy for the people you are acting with.” -BK