What Makes a Champion? (Frank Carroll)

In a presentation to skaters and coaches as a local seminar a number of years ago, World and Olympic coach Frank Carroll addresses the question, “How do you make a champion?” Frank begins by noting that it’s important to first answer the question “Who is a champion?” He says, “To me, a champion is someone who sets a goal and achieves it.” He then eloquently explains the need for planning and sacrifice and commitment and overcoming adversity. He also notes that accomplished figure skaters are well-received by university entrance boards, particularly in the United States. Near the end he says, “A lot of being a champion is where? It’s in your heart. It’s achieving what you set out to achieve.”


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