Healthbeat: Team USA Olympic skateboarder shares her tips for staying sharp

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — This year of the pandemic has tested many of us in ways we never expected. Finding an edge to stay physically and mentally strong is key.

Somebody who knows something about finding that edge is an athlete on Team USA skateboarding. She shared some insight with Eyewitness News for getting through these tough times.

21-year-old Hawaii native and Team USA skateboarder Jordyn Barratt lives by a motto: fall down seven times, get up eight. One of those fall down times? When she hoped to compete at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo but the games were postponed.

“It was definitely a bit of a shocker and definitely a bummer for sure,” Barratt said.

But Barratt is not one to stay down for long by following a creed which we can all learn from.

“Personally, I just try to keep everything as positive as possible and try to keep things as simple as I can as well and to kind of do just one thing for yourself each day that, you know, you like or enjoy,” Barratt said.

For this athlete who now lives in Oceanside, California, it might mean a day of surfing to decompress. But for those of us without a surfboard or a nearby ocean, she recommends something that provides a variety of benefits.

“I’ve been doing yoga a lot lately and just to kind of stretch my body out and like I’m learning a little more about that about, you know, injury prevention and the mental game of it and everything like that,” Barratt said.

Barratt tries to skateboard everyday, two to five hours a day. While that may sound tedious, she remembers what got her into the sport in the first place a decade ago.

“It was just something I did with my friends and it was fun. And so I just try to keep doing that and keep enjoying myself and not take it too seriously to where I get in my head and I get overwhelmed,” Barratt said.

Something else she says she does during this pandemic is social distancing and wearing a face mask.

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