• On the highlights of the Rio Games: "The biggest one [was] just being in the Olympic Village before competing—seeing all of the athletes trading pins and just relaxing and having fun with Team USA. And the other was the feeling after we competed, having won most of our matches, and hearing the chants of Team USA in the stands when fighting the Brazilian team."

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  • On the biggest differences between the Rio and London (2012) Games: "The biggest difference was my approach to the Games. In London, I was more shell-shocked—just happy to be there, with a mindset of, 'Let’s see what we can do.' But for these Games in Rio, I had a clear mission. I was here to compete and solely focused on what we came here to do."

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  • On playing with Kerri Walsh Jennings: "Kerri and I work well together for a lot of reasons, but the main reason is that we’re always trying to get better and always setting expectations for ourselves and our team. If things don’t go our way, we try to do everything we can to fix it. We’re both motivated by the same dreams, and we’ll do whatever needs to be done to realize them."

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  • On her beauty routine: "The only thing I focus on before I play is playing—though I do put on sunscreen if my match is during the day. After a match, I have to treat my hair and my skin because they go through quite a beating. When I go home, I’ll shampoo and condition my hair with Aussie Moist Shampoo and Conditioner and then use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist for extra moisture and shine."

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  • On her travel must-haves: "I freak out if I go anywhere without lotion, so one of the first things I pack is Olay Total Effects. I also bring my pillow everywhere—because I love sleep—and sweats, so that I’m comfortable. A sweatshirt and sweatpants are the original Snuggie, so I just cuddle up in them, and I’m set."

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  • On how to rise to the top: "The biggest piece of advice I have for aspiring Olympians is to demand the best from yourself every day. It doesn’t mean that you have to play your best every day—you just have to try as best as you can and play with integrity and character."

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  • On plans after the Olympics: "I am really looking forward to playing the last couple of tournaments we have, because I feel like the pressure is off. We definitely still want to go in to win, but it will also be fun—kind of like our victory tour. After that, I want to take a vacation—possibly to Italy—and then I’m going home and to my husband in Arizona, and we’ll try to start a family."

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