When you watch the Olympics it is easy to see all see the athlete performances on television. But what we don’t see is the logistical work required to help get the most out of the athletes on the biggest day of their careers. Support teams start planning years in advance to make sure that athletes have optimal lodging, food, and training facilities in their final hours before competition. On this week’s episode we are joined by strength coach Tracy Fober and high performance chef Megan Chacosky from US Ski & Snowboqard to talk about the steps required to bring their high performance support system to PyeongChang, and how to get non-traditional sports to buy into the high performance culture.
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America had plenty of highlights in February’s Winter Olympics, thanks in large part to the US Ski and Snowboard Association. While the alpine team was not as strong as in past Olympics, US still had its share of highlights including seven medals in snowboarding. Fober works primarily with snowboad, while also assisting the rehabilitation of athletes from other sports. Chacosky assists a wide range of sports within the federation. On this episode we start of by taking a look behind the scenes at the logistics behind such a major event.
- 4:00 – Logistical planning and nutrition at the Olympics: “When you are flipping through the air you want to know you have something in your stomach you are used to and digests well. “
- 9:30 – How the Olympic village experience is changing.
- 11:15 – Creating adaptable athletes. “We want to give them a taste of home, but also help them explore and become adaptable. “
- 13:30 – Quality controls in a foreign country.
- 15:00 – Rating the Olympic performance of the logistical team.
- 19:00 – Logistical planning to train in PyeongChang.
- 25:00 – Dealing with competitions delays and schedule changes on site.
- 27:30 – Warming up at the Games: “My goal was to establish routines and habits. I provide athletes with options so they can literally warmup in a 6×6 foot space and feel ready to go. “
- 31:00 – Creating independent athletes: “Give them a toolbox they can carry with them so they are not dependent on anyone to provide anything. That is pretty easy for our older athletes, but it is harder with 17 year olds, so you have to keep it super basic. “
- 32:45 – Challenges in peaking and tapering for the Winter Olympics.
- 38:00 – Bringing a high performance mindset to sports without a high performance culture. “You first have to have the trust of the coaching staff, then become a part of the tribe, and show them ways they can find their own why. “
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- Both Fober and Chacosky are on social media. You can find them on Instagram (@TracyFober and @Megan.chacosky) and Twitter (@ironmaven and @MChacosky22).
- Fober was also a guest on Episode 125, where she talked more about her training philosophy, injury prevention, and developing that toolbox for athletes.
- We also had a series of interviews with USSA in 2016 on the GAINcast, including a roundtable with the strength staff (including Fober) on GAINcast 40, a chat with high performance director Troy Taylor on GAINcast 44, and sports technologist Bill Sands on GAINcast 42.