Quieting Distractions: Skaters’ Reflections from Worlds

Quieting Distractions: Skaters’ Reflections from Worlds

After watching the World Figure Skating Championships I was left wondering how the athletes coped with distractions. Every competition presents distractions but this one was different. For many skaters this was their first competition of the season. They were...
A Light Bulb went on in her Brain

A Light Bulb went on in her Brain

I live for moments when an athlete makes the connection between the work they are doing and the impact it has on their performance. That was the case recently. My athlete shared with me that she completed a clean program this week in practice. During the performance,...
Define a Mentally strong Performance

Define a Mentally strong Performance

What I consider to be a mentally strong performance may surprise you. It is not a clean skate every time! In fact, there may be several mistakes. It is how you respond once a mistake is made that is how you define a mentally strong performance.   An Olympic Example...
playing pool and Jumping

playing pool and Jumping

Popping jumps is an incredibly frustrating habit that many skaters struggle with. They open up in the air, not completing the required rotation on the jump. Almost every skater I work with has experienced this problem in their training. For years I have taught ways to...
Connecting Mind and Body in Training

Connecting Mind and Body in Training

Has your coach ever told you, “get in the zone”, or “stay in the moment”!? They mean that in order to perform your best you must stay present. From a mental training perspective this means performing from your conscious awareness. The best way...