PHILADELPHIA (AP) Soccer star Carli Lloyd said Thursday she trains every day, including holidays and while on vacation, because it makes the difference between being good and being great.
''If you're training on holidays, most likely no one else is,'' Lloyd, 33, told the mostly female crowd attending the panel kicking off the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist and break-out star of the 2015 World Cup, told the nearly 8,000 attendees that elite athletes like Michael Jordan and Muhammed Ali trained that way.
''It's really training when nobody's watching,'' she said of her routine that includes weekends and Thanksgiving morning.
Lloyd, who grew up in Delran, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, told the crowd she hopes to play soccer at the highest level for five more years, giving herself time for another Olympic medal in Rio next year and another World Cup title in France in 2019.
''There's probably going to be people out there who say `Why is she going to play until 38? She's going to slow down. She's not going to be good.' It's nothing I haven't heard in my career,'' she said. ''There have been a lot of people who have tried to bring me down and I just continue to prove them wrong.''
Now in its 12th year, the annual conference provides networking opportunities and business workshops for women. Other guest speakers this year included actress and businesswoman Jessica Alba, celebrity chef Rachael Ray and feminist leader Gloria Steinem.