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Feb 15

believe like a true olympic champion

Published by Scott Fraser

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I love sport, and I especially love the Winter Olympics being a big winter sports fan, so I’ve been hooked on all of the coverage regarding Elise Christie.  Like most of the nation who watched her in Sochi, I felt the raw emotion of someone who'd put her heart and soul for years into winning a medal only for it to be snatched away not once, not twice but three times!!  This year I watched her qualification races, again utterly hooked on watching her make the supreme comeback, hoping beyond hope that she could finally get rid of those demons that nearly made her quit the sport.  The final of the 500M was eagerly anticipated with much coverage and build up, and I sat with butterfly's in my stomach as the time for the race was upon us then disaster!!  There was a camera shot of Elise sat waiting to look like a rabbit in headlights.  My first instinct was ‘Oh she doesn't look confident, but it's maybe just nerves’ then it got even worse; from the moment Elise was introduced on the ice for the final, I had a horrible feeling she wasn't going to win.

Why?  Because she looked up and shrugged her shoulders, it was very negative body language.  Now this could have been in response to something that was said by a coach or someone else, but it didn’t look that way; it made me think she's possibly conceding, ‘Ah well, I'm here now whatever will be, will be.’  She didn’t have the look of a champion, and she didn’t look like she had that inner belief to succeed, she didn’t have that utterly driven focus I see in countless other true sporting greats.  Now by all accounts, there are sports psychologists out there with them, and I know that they’ll have done some work with Elise, so she has ‘reset’ for her next event.  I’m a sports coach in other disciplines, and there’s so much synergy between sport and how I teach people how to prepare for delivering training and presentations; my simple words of advice are:

1.  If things don’t go your way, press the ‘reset’ button. What’s gone is gone and the next shot/race/session/day is a brand-new chance to be fitter, stronger, better.

2.  Use the power of what you’ve learnt through failure to learn and draw strength from it.  Think of the child building Lego bricks; if it falls do they give up?  No, build it again, build it bigger, better and higher.

3.  Focus and believe you are a true ‘Olympic Champion’.  Channel that inner belief and with complete focus, drive and determination make it happen.  Visualising the perfect end state of whatever you are doing will help you achieve this.

In Elise’s case, I firmly believe that she will bounce back from her set-back; she’s a real champion and has done it before.  I’m sure Elise and her large support team will be giving everything to make that medal happen and I’m confident it’s coming; go, Elise, make the dream happen......

What about you though?  Will you have that inner belief like an Olympic Champion?

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