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Cedar Rapids, IA 


Introducing Kristine Diehl, a tenacious contender hailing from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At 43, Kristine holds both a law degree and a master's degree, but her true passion lies in pickleball. With unwavering determination, she's ready—body, mind, and soul—to take on the challenge of becoming a professional pickleball player.

Kristine's journey has been marked by her relentless pursuit of excellence. She's been steadily closing the gap on the top players in the game, her hunger for a spot on the pro tour burning brighter every day.

Beyond the court, Kristine leads a fulfilling life as a devoted wife and pug enthusiast. Her ultimate goal reaches beyond the game; it's about showing her teenage daughter, who has never witnessed her play despite her elite status, that dreaming big and pursuing those dreams is a path worth taking. Kristine is setting an example that one should never be afraid to chase their aspirations.

As an Ironman Triathlete, Kristine believes that her training for endurance events like these only serves to strengthen her pickleball game. Her philosophy is simple: she aims to remain a child at play, passionately loving what she does as she continues to "grow up."

Kristine Diehl is a force to be reckoned with, not only on the pickleball court but in life itself. Her journey is one of resilience, determination, and setting an example for the next generation. Get ready to witness her pursuit of dreams on the Pickleball Paddle Battle stage—it's bound to be an inspirational journey.

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All contestants of Pickleball Paddle Battle Season One share a remarkable set of qualities: they are inherently competitive, fueled by an insatiable hunger for success, and possess an unyielding drive to outperform. Their dedication knows no bounds; they're ready to put in the effort that exceeds most expectations. Their ultimate goal? To ascend the ranks and become the best players globally.

But their passion for pickleball runs deeper. It's not just about the game itself; it's about the profound social connections and the vibrant community that the sport fosters. Their shared love for pickleball binds them, driving their desire to triumph both individually and as part of this spirited community.

Through these biographical insights, crafted from their interview submissions and cast reels, you'll gain an intimate understanding of who they truly are. You'll uncover their motivations, aspirations, and the driving force behind their relentless pursuit of victory. By getting to know them better, you'll find compelling reasons to stand behind them, cheer them on, and cast your vote in their favor.

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