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How Olympians train their brains to become mentally tough

From recovery to resilience to recreation

It’s been four-and-a-half years since eight days of rain — what experts would eventually call a “100-year” flood — nearly cleaved Longmont in half. The 2013 disaster damaged hundreds of homes and businesses, crippled the city’s infrastructure and drowned the streets. But while Longmont may have been in deep water at the time, the community wasn’t in over its head. Far from it.

Residents and the City of Longmont banded together and responded to the crisis with a 100-year kind of tenacity. Rallying together to not only recover but prevent future devastation, their efforts have made Longmont a stronger, more resilient place to live, drastically improving the city’s infrastructure.

Jennifer Loper, Longmont’s public information specialist, describes the City government’s mindset during the disaster. “Even before the flooding had really receded we were saying, ‘OK, what do we do? How do we move forward? How do we fix stuff? How do we make it better? How do we make sure we’re helping…


How Olympians train their brains to become mentally tough


Canada’s Cassie Sharpe skis to a gold medal win during the women’s ski halfpipe at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Competitors like Sharpe often visualize their entire performance – including twisting their bodies to simulate the moves – moments before starting their routines. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

We have witnessed some exceptional performances during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. For any athlete to deliver a gold medal performance, mental toughness is an essential ingredient. But what exactly is mental toughness — and how does an athlete develop it?

Research published in the Journal of Sports Sciences has found successful Olympians have a high degree of self-confidence, are able to block out distractions, manage their arousal level, are goal-oriented and demonstrate a healthy form of perfectionism.

On a personal note, as an Olympian and a registered member with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, I have used both strategies to enhance my own mental toughness and I now assist athletes as a consultant to develop those skills…


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