13 qualities of a great athlete in English

A great athlete

What does it take to be a world-class athlete? What qualities do you need to have? Here are some words and phrases to use when describing great athletes in English:

  1. It takes drive.
    You have to be driven to improve every day. You can't be satisfied with your last performance. 
     
  2. It takes discipline.
    You have to be disciplined. You have to follow a strict exercise and eating schedule.
     
  3. It takes competitiveness.
    You have to be competitive and want to beat your competitors.
     
  4. It takes self-confidence.
    You have to be confident in yourself and believe that you're a winner.
     
  5. It takes aggressiveness.
    You have to make moves on your own, not just respond to what other athletes do.
     
  6. It takes focus.
    You have to be able to focus on the task at hand and tune out any other distractions.
     
  7. It takes commitment.
    You have to be committed to your sport. You have to give up other hobbies and interests.
     
  8. It takes good time management.
    You have to be able to manage your time well. You practice for hours and hours each day, on top of school, work, and spending time with friends and family. 
     
  9. It takes some amount of raw talent.
    You have to be naturally talented at your sport. This is something that certain athletes are just born with.
     
  10. It takes determination.
    You have to be determined. You can't give up, no matter how hard it seems. When you lose a match or miss a goal, you have to get right back up and try again.
     
  11. It takes a high tolerance for pain.
    You have to be able to put up with a lot of pain, from pushing your body to its limits.
     
  12. It takes adaptibiilty.
    You have to be able to adapt to different situations and new information quickly.
     
  13. It takes emotional maturity.
    You have to be in control of your emotions. You can't let yourself get too nervous, to angry, too depressed, etc.
     

Do you have many of these qualities? Can you think of any other qualities that it takes to be a champion? Write about them in the comments below!

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