Monthly Archives: August 2016

There is more to it than just winning a medal.

A previous professor of mine once asked my class, "Can anyone here tell me what the latin route of competition really means?" ... There was silence throughout the room ... He finally answered his own question by saying, "Together we strive." When we think back to when the Olympics originated in 1896, the purpose was [...]

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How do they do that? An Olympic Pre-Competition Mental Checklist

Every two years I overhear people repeatedly asking "How did they do that?"  The "they" in question are Olympic athletes. We are constantly amazed and in awe of their performances. Particularly under the pressure of the Games. Because most people only get a chance to see these athletes every four years while in the Olympics [...]

By |2017-05-12T00:44:55-06:00August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lolo’s No Choke: Revisiting the 2012 Time article about Lolo Jones and choking

In the summer before the 2012 London Olympic Games I was interviewed for a Time article on Lolo Jones and choking. I thought the piece was well written, describing some of Lolo's history and the science of performance psychology. As the track and field events are close to starting in Rio four years later I [...]

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Dealing with Olympic Sized Distractions in Rio

  There’s a new distraction in Rio. Or more accurately, there's an old distraction that’s reached Olympic proportions. That's the age-old issue of doping in sport. Despite what seems like a significant amount of evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia the IOC only banned some Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics. As the saga was [...]

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