Talent is a requirements to be a champion, but all talent gets you is a ticket to practice. Champions are made through their decisions. On this week’s episode, we look at making the champion’s choice with examples of the decisions champions have to make and the coach’s role in that process.
Notes and quotes
This episode was based upon a presentation Vern gave at GAIN in June. Full slides are available below. We covered a variety of topics related to the topic including routines, training environment, and examples from our experiences in different situations.
- 3:00 – Champion’s choice: “All talent gets you is a ticket to practice. Champions are made through their decisions. “
- 8:00 – Reflections on the 1998 World Cup.
- 11:30 – Coaching and the champion’s choice.
- 13:00 – Reflections on the 2018 US Women’s Hockey Team. “Pressure is what you feel when you don’t know what you’re doing. If you are prepared, you’re just getting the butterflies flying in formation. “
- 16:30 – Confidence and belief in the process.
- 18:15 – Routine.
- 20:45 – The best work work smarter, not harder: “1440: the number of minutes in the day. How many of those minutes are you using to make yourself better?You can’t be a chump off the field and a champ on the field. “
- 23:30 – Examples from Marcus Mariota and Jim Ryun.
- 27:45 – How does the champion’s choice change after you become a champion? “Once you win the championship, you are not the champion any more. You can’t do the same thing to stay there that you did to get there. “
- 32:00 – Enjoy the victories. “Take time to enjoy the victories. The image of you with a medal around your neck will sustain you for the work ahead. “
- 35:00 – More on the coaches role in the helping the champion choose. “Somewhere in the champion’s background is a coach when they were 12 that put them on the right path and gave them encouragement or a kick in the butt. ” “If the coach makes the champion’s choice, the athlete’s are more likely to make the champion’s choice. “
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- The monthly theme on HMMR Media is the individualization, with numerous articles, podcasts, and videos looking at the topic from different perspectives. Join HMMR Plus so you don’t miss all the content on this topic.
- You can read the slides from Vern’s presentation on this topic at GAIN here.
- We talked about the champion’s choice on GAINcast 66 with swim coach Chris Webb.
- Books recommended on this episode: The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin and The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.