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The big mo’

One of the most elusive phenomena in the sports world is momentum, “the big mo’”, the process by which an athlete or a team gets into such a positive groove that their performance seems to get better and better with each successive contest. The entire team, in other...

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Fan energies: Canadian and American

I recently had the opportunity to compare Canadian fans’ energy to American’s, thanks to a recent visit to Nova Scotia for the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Integrative Energy Therapies – the “tapping” therapies. By chance, the conference was held...

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My attitude towards tennis has changed over the years. I play the game now for one reason only and that reason is to get in the zone. Playing tennis in the zone has become the journey and the destination for me, not because of the peak performance aspect of the zone, although that certainly enters into the equation, but more because of the transformation of consciousness that occurs when I shift into the zone.

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#7 – Baton chemistry

Mr. Lightning Bolt didn’t expect Japan to get this close In another twist to the 4x100 men's relay final, no member of the 2nd place Japanese team had ever attained a personal best under 10 seconds in the individual 100m dash. In other words, they were all good...

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#6 – Relay races

Whoops! Another area where excellent teamwork can trump individual skill is in the track relay events, especially the sprints, where smooth baton transfers can outweigh raw speed in importance. This was proven in 2008, when the heavily-favored US men’s and women’s...

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#5 – Teamwork vs. individualism

American culture values individual success even if it comes at the expense of the well-being of the larger group, and so it’s not surprising that team sports presents a particular challenge for us. It can be hard to put ego aside for the greater good. Here are a few...

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#4 – Poor sportsmanship

A white-haired Lochte trying to look cool while escaping The good sportsmanship shown by the two female runners was in marked contrast to two examples of poor (American) sportsmanship. US women's soccer goalie Hope Solo called her victorious Swedish rivals “cowardly”...

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#3 – Good sports

The Kiwi helps the Yankee Perhaps the iconic moment of 2016 occurred when two female long distance runners accidentally collided towards the end of the 5000 meter qualifier. Both fell down, and the American, Abbey D’Agostino, got up first. She reached over to help New...

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#2 – Closer than expected

Closer than expected This photo shows Bolt laughing alongside the second place finisher in the 100m semi-finals. You’d never know that they were arch-rivals competing for a spot in the finals. Their unforced smiles of affection showed that they weren't viewing the...

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