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Anyone who’s seen Carrie Underwood’s live show can attest to the fact that she always strives to push herself to be the best entertainer she can be. The singer even descended from the ceiling on a swing during her ACM Awards performance with Jason Aldean.

That competitive edge serves her well in her country music career. But at home? Carrie says that she and her husband have to set aside any pastimes that can bring out their competitive sides.

“We kinda can’t play board games,” the singer admits, according to an ET Canada video interview. “I got in trouble once playing board games with some friends.”

Carrie ascribes her desire to be the best to an athlete-like competitive spirit, and she should know: She’s married to former pro ice hockey player Mike Fisher.

“I’m not an athlete, but I feel like I do have kind of a lot of that mindset,” Carrie continues. “It’s just that drive to get better, and to push yourself.”

Off the stage, Carrie also describes herself as “a lot nerdy, for the record” and has a well-documented love of horror movies. That interest in all things spooky and creepy comes out in her new single, an understated revenge ballad called “Ghost Story” that’s made a big impression at country radio after its release!