- I interviewed five elite athletes a few days before the Tokyo Olympics for the Golden Plan.
- Despite participating in five different competitions, all athletes shared common psychological and training disciplines.
- I was inspired by the way they all approach “comebacks” as an opportunity to emerge from failure as new versions of themselves.
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On the eve of the Tokyo Games, I interviewed five Olympic athletes for a series called The Golden Plan.
Former and current Olympians Naomi Osaka, Anthony Joshua, Lori Hernandez, Carsten Warholm, and Paralympic athlete Mallory Weggemann told me about how they train, eat and think to be successful.
I was inspired by the way these athletes dealt with setbacks like injury or a pandemic as an opportunity for mental and physical growth.
Since completing the last interview, I have integrated this attitude into my daily life. Whenever I have moments where I compare my body to how it looked when I was younger, for example, instead of wishing that I still looked like this girl, I found new ways to be the best version of myself now.
Dedication contributes to the achievement of Olympic results
Elite athletes put their sport above everything else, and this helps them overcome setbacks with confidence.
World 400m hurdler champion Carsten Warholm told Insider that he has revised his diet to fuel his workouts and said his nutrition has affected his performance.
Unified Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua said he sacrifices companionship to keep his head in the ring.
“I am totally focused on my goal and you need to know how to unsubscribe for people,” said Anthony Joshua. “You must be able to be selfish.”
He said that he tries never to lose his “loser mentality” and always remains hungry for success. It reminded me that if you lose concentration, you can always get it back.
For Olympians, recovery is as important as training
While six days a week training regimens are the norm, elite athletes can train as hard as they can only through priority recovery.
Warholm loves jacuzzi and massage, Osaka and Hernandez use massage guns, Joshua has infrared saunas and ice baths, and Weggemann completely rests on weekends, realizing that it is better to train less and be able to put everything in every workout. …
Balancing downtime and work is critical to achieving the best results, and extended periods of rest should be seen as an opportunity to get stronger – when Laurie Hernandez took a two-year hiatus from gymnastics, it allowed her to return to the sport with a new, new sport. a healthier mindset and approach.
She made me realize that breaks and breaks are not bad, and they are really important to get you back to your goal with a clear head. You don’t start from scratch, you go on with more experience.
Staying Positive Is Powerful
The coronavirus pandemic was a huge psychological test for all athletes, but all the Olympians I spoke to said they decided to focus on the positive and then might return to an even stronger position.
Warholm saw the reprieve as an opportunity to get even better (which paid off when he set a new world record in the 400m hurdles), Hernandez said she appreciates the opportunity to spend time with her family, Osaka said she enjoyed the break from travel. Joshua said he took a break from the psychological pressure and Weggemann realized that this would give all competing athletes a unique overall experience.
It reminded me that thinking about the negative is not helpful.
Failure doesn’t mean you have to give up
Although most of the Gold Plan interviews were conducted
I walked away from everyone feeling incredibly inspired.
None of these athletes had an easy path to success, but they never gave up and always dealt with injuries and other setbacks.
People say the bigger the failure, the bigger the comeback, but these athletes made me realize that the whole concept of “comeback” is problematic – instead of trying to be what we once were, we should grow into what we are. we can be now.