Condoleezza Rice has quite a few accomplishments under her belt: The first African-American female U.S. Secretary of State, the first African-American woman to be named National Security Advisor and the first African-American to be named provost at Stanford University.
At the Annual Salute to Women in Sports, where Rice was awarded the Billie Jean King Leadership Award, she discussed her background in sports and attributed her leadership successes to lessons she picked up as a competitive athlete.
"I learned so much about perseverance, about hard work, about having a not great performance and having to get up the next day and go in and try again," Rice said at the award ceremony. "And that's something that you have to have in life."
Rice says that she grew up in a household of sports enthusiasts. Her father was a high school football coach and they would spend weekends cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team and the Cleveland Browns.
She took up ice skating in her early teens and went on to be a competitive skater. At 18, she began playing tennis, a sport that she still enjoys, along with golf. In fact, although she started playing golf much later in life, she quickly excelled at the sport and became one of the first two women to be admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club, one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world.