You. Diving. Olympics.

Imagine you are an elite diver competing in the Olympics. Going into your final dive of the games, you hold a slight lead over your rival, the defending Olympic Champion. As you climb up to the platform, you see thousands of people cheering, but you can only hear your breath. One dive. One chance. Four years. You know you'll have to have a nearly perfect dive to win. One minuscule mistake and you'll lose. You've spent you whole life for this.one.moment.

How are you going to do? What if I told you we could predict your performance? Under all that pressure, with so many variables, there is one thing that separates the good from The Champions. So what is it?

In 1988, 235 Canadian Olympic athletes competed in Seoul, South Korea in the Summer Olympic Games. These athletes were asked to rate themselves on mental, physical and technical ‘readiness’ factors using a 1 to 10 scale where a ‘1’ means ‘0% ready’.

Despite the fact that these athletes rated themselves MORE physically and technically ready than mentally ready, the mental readiness rank served as the only statistically significant link with final Olympic ranking (1988 Orlick and Partington).

The athletes that were more mentally ready were more successful. In the next blog we’ll talk about how they prepared themselves mentally and how you can to.

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