Every June, GAIN brings together world-class practitioners from a variety of sports. In addition to the presentations and practical sessions, this year we had a roundtable discussion on coaching Olympic champions, with panelists from Fiji rugby, snowboard, USA women’s hockey, and USA women’s basketball. We recorded the discussion and are sharing it in its entirety on this week’s GAINcast.
Notes and quotes
This week’s episode is just a sample of what’s on tap at GAIN. Here’s a bit more background on the panelists:
- Naca Cawanibuka – Head Strength and Conditioning coach for Fiji Rugby 7s
- Tracy Fober – Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach (snowboard, halfpipe, and slopestyle athletes) with the US Ski and Snowboard Association
- Jimmy Radcliffe – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach with US Women’s Hockey
- Sheri Walters – Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist with US Women’s Hockey
- Ed Ryan – Head Athletic Trainer with US Women’s Basketball
- 2:15 – Introductions
- 8:15 – Transforming individuals through Fiji rugby: “Can you see the wind? No. Can you feel the wind? Yes. Good back room staff is like the wind; you are felt but not seen. “
- 13:00 – Snowboarder Chloe Kim, overcoming injury, and managing stardom at a young age.
- 20:30 – US hockey team’s culture: “Before I learned about what we needed to do, I was in from the aspect of culture. “
- 28:15 – USA Basketball: “The most competitive basketball played at the Olympics is played at the US practice. Everything is competitive, even getting a drink of water. “
- 32:45 – Fiji rugby and offseason training and physical conditioning program. “We were soon ripe, but soon rotten. We got fit quickly, but we lost it just as fast. ” “The spartans became a fearsome fighting force note because the courage or lack of fear, but through tough love. “
- 39:45 – Examples of tough love and dealing with injuries at the US hockey training camp.
- 44:45 – Dealing with injuries at US Basketball.
- 49:15 – Finding a common goal: “Every single person had the objective to be the very best. We had a common goal; there was no grey area concerning our objective. “
- 56:45 – Priming workouts for US Hockey and preparing for competition.
- 1:02:15 – What did you wish you knew before they joined the team. “Being an outsider, you can ask the stupid questions. Why are you doing that? “
- 1:06:15 – Difference makers between silver and gold medal teams.
To hear more about these topics you can listen to the full episode above. If you like what you hear on the GAINcast, don’t forget to give us a review and subscribe on iTunes.
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 follow Cawanibuka on Twitter at @cawnac_naca. He currently works together with John Pryor, who can learn more about in HMMR Classroom Lesson 7. You can learn about Pryor’s experiences with culture and Fiji rugby in this post and this post from earlier this year.
- Tracy Fober has twice been a guest on the HMMR Podcast on Episode 125 and Episode 144. You can also find her on Twitter at @ironmaven. The USSA strength staff also joined a roundtable on GAINcast 40.
- Coach Radcliffe keeps a low profile, but he has authored one book: High-Powered Plyometrics.