Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Andersson on peak performance


One of the obvious ways to learn about a sport is to talk to people who are really good -- find out what they do. You can learn from people in other sports.

I came across a publication by Goeran Andersson (current Swedish national O' coach) and Rolf Kaek that is based on interviews with elite athletes and coaches from a bunch of sports. They interviewed orienteers, rowers, skiers, pistol shooters, wrestlers, badminton players, swimmers; and coaches of golf, soccer, bandy, basketball, hockey and track. They wanted to learn about peak performance and strategies for having peak performances at championship events.

Here is just a bit of what they wrote:

During the competition:

I stand at the starting line. Now is the time for my optimal race; doing my absolute best. At a World Champs or Olympics, everything surrounding the competition is different from a "normal" competition. But, the race itself is just like a normal competition. My techniques, speed, thoughts are all concentrated on the task at hand. My techniques are automatic -- instinctual -- while my concentration and motivation are focused on the task. I'm only thinking about what is happening now and from now on....

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