Apolo Ohno on mental training

Apolo Ohno is an American retired short track speed skating competitor and an eight-time medalist (two gold, two silver, four bronze) in the Winter Olympics.

He notes that he was never one of the most physically, genetically gifted for the craziest of winter sports. Mental training was his edge.

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keeping girls in sport LONGER

A new study suggests that girls who begin participating in sports from the ages of 6 to 9 have higher retention rates than those who begin participating later in life.

These findings emphasize the importance of targeted retention strategies and supportive sport environments for adolescent girls and women.

Canadian Sport Information Resource Centre

Start young. But keep the main emphasis on FUN and FITNESS, not performance.

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sport ethics – Brittany Bowe

It was an incredible gesture of friendship – when speed skater Erin Jackson unexpectedly failed to qualify for next month’s Winter Olympics, team-mate Brittany Bowe stepped in to rescue her long-time friend’s Beijing dreams.

Jackson, the world’s number-one ranked 500m speed skater, unexpectedly failed to make the US team after she slipped and finished third in Friday’s event at the Olympic trials in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

So Bowe, who specialises in longer-distance races but had finished first in 500m qualifying, graciously decided to give up her spot. …

BBC

NEW podcast – The Performance Mindset

Nick Adair is a full-time coach in New Jersey. He’s worked, as well, in the fitness,and mental health industries.

The first episodes include advice on relaxation, healthy thoughts, training with fear, building new habits.

Listen online to start, as the podcast is not yet listed in every podcast directory.