When Facts Trump Positivity

When Facts Trump Positivity

A call with one of my skaters recently got me thinking about the unrealistic expectation we put on ourselves to be positive all the time. As soon as I arrived on the call with her I could sense her energy was low. She has been training for her biggest competition of...
Are there Emotional Consequences to “Playing the Game”?

Are there Emotional Consequences to “Playing the Game”?

It is becoming evident that the scoring system is rewarding quality of jumps over quantity. Skaters are being rewarded for performing less challenging elements at a higher quality than for trying more challenging elements with the risk of mistakes. I am sure this...
What does a Mentally Strong Performance look like?

What does a Mentally Strong Performance look like?

What I consider to be a mentally strong performance may surprise you. It isn’t a clean skate every time, in fact, there may be several mistakes. It is not about whether you make a mistake or not. You are not a robot, there is no way to program you to skate clean every...
Happier Practices when you Practice Gratitude

Happier Practices when you Practice Gratitude

This weekend we Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving. This long weekend always feels so special, giving thanks for all the family, friends and gifts we have been given. It is a good reminder of the importance of showing gratitude all season long. Athletes who also show...
Are You Stuck in the Pre-Competition Squeeze?

Are You Stuck in the Pre-Competition Squeeze?

Imagine it is 2 weeks before your next big competition and you are starting to experience the pre-competition week jitters. Your (insert jump here), which you have been landing for years is starting to give you trouble. You are not landing it in the program. You feel...