In the current sports system
- 28, Mai 2014
- By: Joana Melo
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Penny just needs to be Penny
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With little or no expectations before leaving Vancouver for the Games, a reporter asked me what I was hoping to return home with. Upon buy canada goose jacket a moment canada goose black friday sale reflection, I enthusiastically replied, tan! the time the 1966 Commonwealth Games ended, I had powered my way to the most medals ever won by a single athlete in the history of those Games. Seven times I climbed that podium. I won four gold and three silver medals, and broke two world records in the process.
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I also have a strong sense that Swimming Canada knew canada goose that Penny was capable of performing well at the 2016 Olympics, but perhaps because of my own curse of expectation experience, it wisely decided to keep Penny training times under the radar. The strategy worked well for cheap Canada Goose her this time.
However, the cat out of the bag now, so to speak. As much as Penny may not want the attention or distraction of being a public figure, the subtle pressure is always in the back of one mind. I know from experience that a person can only stave off compounding pressure for so long.
In the summer previous to Mexico City, Canada hosted the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, celebrating our 100th anniversary of Confederation. Again I climbed the podium five times, winning two gold and three silver medals, and breaking two world records.
Both the media and the sports system are much more aware of the dangers of stress and hype and attention on an individual athlete. Penny will Canada Goose Jackets be much more supported and protected from such emotional isolation. buy canada goose jacket cheap Most Canada Goose sale know the fate that was canada goose clearance sale to befall me in the late fall of 1968 in Mexico City.
Despite returning with three of Canada five total medals, the headlines read: Tanner loses gold.
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The mistakes of my past can hopefully guide Penny to a different future. With the grace of many decades of reflection, I see much more clearly, the precarious path I followed that fateful Olympic Canada Goose Parka year. My hope is that Penny will avoid the mistakes and emotional rabbit holes I canada goose outlet toronto factory unwittingly fell into.
I can speak with frankness now about my emotional meltdowns both before and after the Olympics. Back in 1968, no one even knew about sport psychology or stress disorders, much less diagnose or treat them. There is no personal canada goose coats on sale Richter scale for inner trauma. I had to navigate alone, not realizing I was suffering post trauma. My feelings of letting the country down, and failing in the eyes of the public were just too heavy a burden to carry on my fragile inner foundation.
I now know that my inner focus and confidence unravelled on my way to the Olympics. The powerful and successful mental imagery that created many personal victories morphed into dark and doubting fears that I might fail to live up to other expectations. I had been comfortable pushing myself beyond my own limits because I knew what canadian goose jacket I was capable of.
I was not familiar with slipping into the water with the Canada Goose online weight of an entire nation hanging onto my shoulders. By the time the starting gun went off on my first Olympic final, having qualified first, I had already sunk myself.
Everything leading up to my race had gone wrong: errors from poor decisions on behalf of the swimming association; inadequate training facilities; not allowing my long time coach Howard Firby to be there for me. This will not happen to Penny. I am grateful and pleased that my story has been well documented in Canadian and international sporting history, and that much has been learned from those egregious mistakes. Much has been written and learned about the complex psyche of elite athletes and the consequences of competition. Sports governing bodies, and surrounding families, are much more able to nurture and support high profile athletes these days.
Penny success Canada Goose Coats On Sale at the Rio Olympics was very similar to my rise to fame, but that is where the obvious parallels end. Unlike me, Penny has a very strong support jacket system which is invaluable to her. Penny family and friends are protective, and all are keenly aware of the pitfalls of apparent overnight success. Penny is aware of expectations and the negative undertow which gravitates from them. In the current sports system, Penny has access to all kinds of therapists, both physical and psychological.
She is well surrounded, but ultimately her future is up to her. We can manage an athlete outer environment but what goes on https://www.canadagooseoutletshop.co.uk/ inside their head? What emotional reserves are there.