About Steve Portenga

Everything I do is driven to help people consistently perform in the upper range of their knowledge, abilities and skills across competitive and pressure performance situations. A computer engineer turned ski coach turned performance psychologist and entrepreneur I have dedicated myself to understanding the Performing Brain. Through expertise at the intersection of human performance, neuroscience, technology and behavior change, I have developed a unique and proprietary model for how performers can maximize their talent and mental resourcefulness (beyond just mental skills & toughness) and perform under pressure. I have brought my passion for the psychology of performance to a variety of situations including: - Credentialed into the London 2012 Olympic Village for USATF - One of the first sport psychologists employed full-time by a NCAA division I athletic department - Worked for franchises in every major professional sport, including team captains, all-stars, & future Hall-of-Famers - Founding member: APA’s Coalition for the Psychology of High Performance - Numerous academic publications & invited speaker internationally for high performance groups - Founded two companies to broaden the reach of his model for performance psychology

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 [...]

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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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