Numbers game can alienate the magicians The elite sporting world can be a number crunchers paradise. The latest gadgets telling coaches that x + y (should) = success. We all know that it rarely works out like that. The advent of excessive number crunching in sport has endangered genius athletes. When I say genius athlete … Continue reading Genius athletes becoming extinct?
Suzy Favor-Hamilton is a 3 time Olympic middle distance runner. A year or so ago she was “outed” as a high class escort in Las Vegas. I remember being not overly surprised or shocked that an Olympic athlete could end up being an escort. Both pursuits having similar risk and reward elements that attract similar … Continue reading Suzy Favor Hamilton: Athlete Backpack
When I was 14 years old I was an absolute rowing maniac. I was obsessed to the point of insanity. I wanted one thing; to compete on the world stage at the highest level. I consumed everything rowing. I was lucky enough to have a talented older sister who was competing on the world stage … Continue reading Depression plagues the “invincible” also
Great article from The Conversation on the psychological challenges associated with letting go from the life of a dedicated athlete. Do athletes think about this enough while they are riding the big waves of sporting excellence? Research has shown that athletes who prepare for retirement and start the thinking process early actually perform better as athletes … Continue reading The Conversation: Challenges ahead for retirees