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So what happens after you spend 4 or more years of your life pursuing that Olympic dream? You have done nothing but eat, sleep and think about that goal. You have organized your time and training so that you could do everything possible to increase your chances of success. You sacrificed, sweated profusely, managed massive frustrations, endured tremedous pain and deprived yourself of a normal life just so that you would be in a position to reach your dream.
 
That dream has been such an important part of your life for...
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I had two athletes at these Beijing Games. They did not medal. They did not get any of the accolades reserved for the gold medal winners. In many regards their performances were anonymous. They were not asked for interviews after their events. These athletes were not alone. The vast majority of competitors at these Games came up "short" in that they didn't place in the top three. However, does the fact that they failed to medal make them any less Olympian than their medal winning competitors? Are they any less dedicated or commited than those select few who struck gold? Did they not work...

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I was recently asked by a radio reporter what Michael Phelps must be thinking about in relation to his (now successful) quest to win an unprecendented 8 gold medals. The answer is very basic. There is NO WAY that an athlete that is that mentally tough will be wasting his mental energy and focus on these kinds of OUTCOME GOALS. You don't win gold medals by thinking about and focusing on them when it's time to compete. You don't break world records by consciously setting out to do that right before your performances. You don't hit homeruns by consciously trying to do that up at the plate. I...

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