“That’s when it really became a dream and something that I really wanted to strive for,” Moore told E! News. “Just the idea of being a part of surfing’s debut in the Olympics and then being able to be a part of the Games—that’s the main stage. That’s sports, you know. There’s been so many beautiful moments that have gone down in history at that event, so I’m really excited to be a part of it.”
She has been surfing competitively since 2004 and gives “credit” to her dad Chris Moore for believing in her. She said, “He saw the potential in me that made me believe in myself.”
Moore still finds that she’s “extremely hard on myself,” but is reminding herself to “laugh a little bit more, have a little more fun. Take the time to celebrate other people’s achievements, too.”
As she explained to E!, “Even if you don’t do as well as you’d like, you feel good about celebrating other people and lifting other people up. And I think that’s a really beautiful thing. I think a lot of the time in my younger journey, I was so focused on myself and so focused on doing what I needed to do, that I at times lost the joy. And the joy comes from sharing it with people.”
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