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The easiest partial of the Olympics is the race itself, according to a sports psychologist


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  • Kristin Keim is a sports clergyman who has trained
    Olympic athletes.
  • She says the race is mostly the easiest partial of the
    Olympics, given athletes can balance out distractions and just
    do what they love.
  • Athletes who have a larger reason for competing — and
    who don’t just concentration on winning — may be more
    successful.

As athletes from all over the universe intersect on Pyeongchang this
week for the Winter
Olympics, the city will be abuzz with shaken energy. The
only time the competitors may get a slight postpone from their
anxiety? During the race.

That’s according to Kristin Keim, a
sports clergyman who’s lerned Olympic athletes and who used
to be a rival cyclist.

“Once the gun goes off for an contestant to go in the race, it’s
like then they’re just free,” Keim told Business Insider.

“They’re not having to understanding with media; they’re not having to
understanding with anything else. It’s just them doing what they trained
given they were kids to do. And they’re in control; they’re in
the driver’s seat.”

That is to say, the race itself is the one time the contestant can
be “in the zone,” if you will, but getting dreaming by
fears or worries or critique from themselves or others.

Importantly, getting in the section means not focusing on the
outcome of the race, which can potentially be distracting.

Having a reason for competing — other than winning — can be
helpful

Writing in HuffPost, sports clergyman JoAnn Dahlkoetter
quotes Olympic decathlon champion Dan O’Brien: “I remember one
lane meet in Europe when all was going perfectly. we was
about to do my final try on the high jump. As the audience
started clapping, we thought, if we make this jump, we can win this
thing. That was a big mistake. As shortly as we focused on getting
that medal, we just fell apart.”

Dahlkoetter writes about adopting a “process focus,” definition you
combine on the charge at hand, zeroing in on your exhale or
your pace, for instance (consider it a moving meditation).

Keim pronounced having a “why” — or a reason for competing in the first
place — can help athletes conflict the enticement to consider about
winning or losing. Your “why” should comparison being crowned
champion (in fact, Keim pronounced she mostly assigns her clients to
review the existential classic, “Man’s
Search for Meaning,” by Viktor Frankl.)

When Keim was a rival cyclist, it was about getting better
— cycling just a little bit faster — every day. She pronounced many of
her clients, including Megan Guarnier, a cyclist who competed in
the Summer Olympics 2016, have the same “why.”

“The race is the easiest part,” Keim reiterated, “if you just
know your since and if you trust the routine and if you see this as
a journey. It’s not just about the outcome of making the Olympic
group or the Olympic bullion award — given that won’t make you
happy if you didn’t enjoy the process.”

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