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TAKE 5 with US Speedskating’s Sugar Todd

July 15, 2014, 1:02 p.m. (ET)

When our youth athletes strive to achieve their personal best, victory is won on and off the ice. Encouraging our kids to set individual goals and focus on maximum personal effort benefits both the player and the team – in a variety of ways.

Athletes who come to realize that personal development can be even more rewarding than a win are mastery-focused athletes who build the confidence and initiative needed to succeed – in sports and in life.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports sat down with US Speedskating standout Sugar Todd to get her thoughts on personal bests and personal records.

In our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Sugar told us that she has always been acutely aware of her personal bests and records.

“Definitely,” said Sugar. “I have always tried to one-up myself every time I race.”

Sugar believes that this determined and internally competitive approach “adds up” to something really special over time.

“I always wanted to be just a little bit better every time, because eventually, all of those little bits add up to something fantastic,” said Sugar.

Sugar also told us that coming off of an appearance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia has presented her with a fairly unique challenge when it comes to new personal bests and personal records.

“Coming off of an Olympic year, my goals for this season are to settle back into the routine of training, and to keep working toward improvements in my technique,” said Sugar. “No matter how far I have come, I will continue to strive for more.”

Sugar added that if she could encourage young speedskaters to focus on just one particular personal record or goal, it would be simple:

Beat the clock.

“Always race the clock,” said Sugar. “At the end of the day, it’s just you and your time on that clock. If you don’t lose sight of that, then one of these days, you might just have the fastest time in the world.”

To read the full TAKE 5 interview with Sugar, visit And come back next month for another exclusive TAKE 5 interview!

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the ice.

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