US National Team Members Share Hopes for New Year

Jan. 09, 2014, 1:55 p.m. (ET)

Every year, the months of January and February are nearly synonymous with packed gyms and declarations to be more organized. New Year’s resolutions are staples in today’s society. Even if it isn’t written down or proclaimed, many people have at least one or two things that they would like to work on with the birth of a new year. After all, every New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start.

Here are a few of our U.S. National athletes’ and staffs’ New Year’s resolutions. Best of luck to them and to everyone hoping to make new positive habits stick for the rest of the year!

“My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to learn how to play the piano.”
Austin Groeneveld
Men’s National Team athlete

“My two resolutions are to run to the top of Mt San Miguel once a month for the entire year and stop drinking soda.”
Chris Clements
Men's National Head Coach

“Save money and stop buying expensive things I think I can afford.”
Shannon Taylor
Women’s National Team athlete

“Watch less TV and read more books. I want to try and read one book every month.”
Jackie Kintzer
Women’s National Team athlete

“My personal goal is to become a team leader in assists. My team resolution is to become extremely prepared for the 2015 World League Round 2.”
Michael Barminski
Men’s National Team athlete

“Learn something new, such as the piano and the stock market.”
Lauren Pfeiffer
Women’s National Team athlete

“My New Year’s resolution is to do 100 pushups and 100 sit-ups every day and score my first international goal. I think a good team goal would be win each test series this year and finish the year with a winning record.”
Alex Grassi
Men’s National Team athlete

“Take the extra moments to make my actions and decisions concrete.”
Christian Linney
Men’s National Team athlete

“Get a deeper understanding and knowledge of American History.”
Stefanie Fee
Women’s National Team athlete

“Effectively using the center of the field to pass through rather than constantly using the outside lanes as we've done in the past.”
Sean Cicchi
Men’s National Team athlete

“Be more mindful of the value in idle time. For example, listen to educational talks while cooking.”
Rachel Dawson
Women’s National Team athlete

“My New Year’s resolution is to be able to squat 182 kilograms by the end of the year.”
Manny Martinez
Men’s National Team athlete

“My New Year's resolution is to score or assist in every game.”
Moritz Rünzi
Men’s National Team athlete