“Sure I get nervous during bouts. But it’s not about losing, it’s about letting myself down. Don’t want to sound full of myself, but with my training, my coaching, I should win. When I don’t win, I feel like I’ve done something wrong, didn’t prepare properly, let up physically, didn’t look for my opponent’s weakness.”

“You really think you should win every bout?” Bernie asked.

A thoughtful pause from Annie. “Nobody’s perfect — there’s no way I could win every bout. But I can look back at every loss and know what I could have done, should have done, differently.


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