Santa Clara soccer star Kelsey Turnbow helped the Broncos win a national championship in the coronavirus pandemic-stricken 2020-21 season with a big final result.
Before the 2021-22 season, Turnbow got another big score – she became an ambassador for sleep enhancement company ChiliSleep as each of her teammates and coaches could use the company’s bed cooling system to ensure they got a good night’s sleep and matches before a workout.
Turnbow told FOX Business in a phone interview Thursday that the product had a big impact, especially when she tried to sleep in a dormitory without air conditioning towards the end of the summer months, when temperatures can still be scorching.
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“I think sleep is definitely an underrated form of preparation for athletes. I didn’t even realize how effective a good night’s sleep can be before using ChiliSleep’s products. I was in a dorm room and there was no air conditioning and it was just like I woke up hot and couldn’t sleep. I definitely think it affected my performance on the field in training and in games, “she said.
Some of the results are hard to argue with.
Turnbow’s 2020-21 season was played from February to May due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the 2021-22 season started in August and ended in December. In essence, Turnbow played a total of 33 games with only three months of offseason in between. During this period she scored a total of 21 goals with 16 assists and nine game winners.
She attributed to ChiliSleep for how she performed in the 2021-22 season.
“When I started using ChiliSleep, I was able to sleep through the night. And I’ve definitely seen my performance improve, ”she told FOX Business. “I felt so rested all day. I felt full of energy and it was definitely critical to my success and the success of my entire team. My entire team works with ChiliSleep and they couldn’t talk more brilliantly about the product.”
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Turnbow brought Santa Clara to national prominence in the ranks of college football. In the 2020-21 national championship against top-seeded Florida State, she helped the Broncos bring a title back to the school for the first time since 2001 and only for the second time in school history.
Turnbow’s season ended prematurely after the team lost to BYU on penalties in the College Cup semifinals.
The forward will now focus on preparing for her first season in the National Women’s Soccer League. It was originally selected by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2021 NWSL Draft, but was traded on the San Diego Wave FC expansion along with Katie Johnson and Makenzy Doniak earlier this month.
Former U.S. women’s soccer coach Jill Ellis is the new club’s president, speaking of Turnbow when the team first announced the deal.
“This is a deal that will provide our team with high-profile young talent and strengthen our ability to attack,” Ellis said in a statement. “Katie and Makenzy bring us valuable NWSL season, and Katie even more from their experience on the international stage with Mexico. We hope Kelsey’s accomplishments on a top NCAA women’s football program like Santa Clara will lead to promising professional careers with us and we look forward to making a fresh start as pioneering members of Wave FC for Katie, Mankenzy and Kelsey. “
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The opening season for Wave FC is set for 2022.