Competition Preparation – Part 4 (Audrey Weisiger)

World and Olympic coach Audrey Weisiger continues her series of videos on the topic of competition preparation. In the first video of the series, Audrey addressed the competition planning process. In the second video, she focused on determining “the purpose of the event.” In the third video, Audrey discusses many different aspects of motivation and preparation. In this video, Audrey puts perspective on competition and the growth process.

To start this video, Audrey says, “Approach competition as though your life depended upon a successful outcome, but realize that it doesn’t and be grateful for it.”  She continues, “At the end of the day, whether you win first place or you end up in last place, you’re going to still walk out of the building and be OK.” She then tells a story about her journey as a table tennis player. By focusing on beating the best player (Ryan Bradley) and taking her training seriously, she was able to dramatically improve her game in a short time. She purchased new equipment and took lessons from experts. And although she may never beat the best player, the mindset created an environment for exceptional progress. This is a mindset concept that can be applied to everything, including skating. Shooting for the top really does work.

As a way to provide further perspective regarding competition, Audrey notes that the Olympic motto (Citius, Altius, Fortius, which is Latin for “faster, higher, stronger”) really is about training and the process of constant improvement. Audrey talks about this as a process of “getting the -er in things” with -er meaning better (faster, higher, stronger, cleaner, more artistic, etc). By simply focusing on getting better each day, it’s possible to make amazing progress over time.


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