Back to school for Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau
Alex Bilodeau made history when he became the first moguls skier to defend his Olympic title at the Sochi Games. Bilodeau also won gold in 2010 at Vancouver.
If you a Bilodeau fan, you want to check out his new website, which was launched just before the Sochi Games started. The site was built with the help of digital agency TP1.
“When I met with TP1 last fall, I felt like they were fully committed to my website’s redesign, Bilodeau said in anews release. were numerous specialists around the table to help with the project. Furthermore, the enthusiasm and professionalism they displayed is evident throughout this new platform. Since I will be launching a new chapter in my life after this season, I wanted to showcase my social involvement, as well as my services as guest speaker.”
Bilodeau, who is from Rosemere, will retire at the end of the World Cup freestyle season and plans to focus on his accounting studies at Concordia University John Molson School of Business.
Below is a column I wrote about the pressure athletes like Bilodeau face on the Olympic stage:
(Photo by Jonathan Hayward/The CanadianPress)
Learning to deal with Olympic pressure
PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ON FEB. 22, 2014
How many times have you felt like you were going to have a heart attack while watching Canadian athletes go for gold at the Sochi Olympics?
Or maybe the combination of excitement, pressure and nerves only made you feel sick to your stomach.
After watching Team Canada hang on for a 2 1 win over Latvia in the men hockey quarterfinals on Wednesday, Gazette features editor Louise Solomita tweeted: hockey game. I tho burberry bags sale ught I was going to need a barf bag, but not as much as that Latvian goalie what an effort. might have felt their gag reflex 57 times during that game, which is how many shots Team Canada fired at Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis while squeaking out the victory. 1 0 in the men semifinals.
If you were battling nerves, imagine how the players felt.
Someone who knows all about nerves and how to control them is Dr. Wayne Halliwell, a mental performance consultant in the health science mission for the Canadian Olympic team. The McGill graduate who is now a professor in the department of kinesiology at Universit de Montral, was in Sochi to work with three freestyle moguls skiers: Alex Bilodeau and sisters Justine and Chlo Dufour Lapointe.
All three won medals: gold for Bilodeau and Justine, and silver for Chlo. Halliwell has worked with Bilodeau for nine years and with the Dufour Lapointe sisters for the last three years.
all delivered, which was the nice thing, Halliwell said this week, back home in Montreal. got his gold and he just gave it his everything the last run and nailed it, and then the girls, they just kept getting better. says that the average sports fan can relate to the pressure of the Olympic stage, or just how difficult the competition really is.
don realize how difficult the hill is, he said. degree slope, 250 metres long,60 moguls and two jumps. It so steep and the con burberry bags sale ditions change. The speed that they coming down the hill when you standing there it much faster than on TV.
So the average person can understand how good they are and how fast they go, but also with the pressure To explain how he helps athletes deal with the Olympic pressure, Halliwell says to draw a triangle on a piece of paper.
bottom part is physical, he explained. everybody works on that, and that divided into their fitness and their technical skills. So for the skiers, it would be leg strength, cardio, agility and all those things which are fitness. And then the skills are their moguls and their jumps. So that the bottom part, and then up the left hand side of the triangle is the mental, and that where the focus, the key words, the self talk, the visualization so we work a lot on that.
right hand side of the triangle, which is the emotional side, we spend more and more time on that side in terms of helping them to enjoy the moment, not just be in the moment, but savour the moment, enjoy the moment in terms of having fun and just looking at the whole Olympic experience as something which they going to cherish, they going to embrace. not every athlete can embrace the pressure and many crumble under the Olympic spotlight, which can be painful to watch and even more painful to an athlete ears when the word is used.
general, I would say athletes who don deliver the performance they want to deliver, one of the things that research shows is that they get so focused on outcome they get focused on results, which is the future, Halliwell said. other words, they trying to be in the present, but they know that the opportunity there. So when the mind goes to outcome, or goes to the future, then all of a sudden you become distracted. You no longer absorbed and connected in the moment because you start thinking about consequences. If I win a gold medal, or if I don do well I letting people down. All those things are consequences, which we get totally away from. That where the key words help them centre and be back in the moment. says the key words help his athletes stay calm by focusing on them in terms of what they want to be saying to themselves at th burberry bags sale e top of the hill and how they want to feel as they coming down.
I call part of their mental preparation what they saying to themselves, what they focusing on, he said. focus, key words and visualization, they would be the three biggies on the mental side. key words Halliwell had Bilodeau focus on in Sochi were soft, keep it and tight.
is absorbing the moguls, keeping your feet under you, and then tight is nice and clean coming down the hill so there no errors, Halliwell exp burberry bags sale lained.
But Halliwell chuckled when recalling what Bilodeau actual last words to himself were before making his final gold medal run in Sochi: Just go! can have that mindset just go for it totally when you already got a gold medal, Halliwell said of Bilodeau, who also won gold four years ago in Vancouver. the pressure was kind of off him, but he just got the run he wanted it was the best run of his career and he did everything right. will be glued to their TV sets again Sunday morning when Canada faces Sweden in the men goldmedal hockey game in Sochi. Does Halliwell have any advice on how fans can control their nerves?
people are watching that kind of game, they should just be thankful that they get to see such a spectacle, he said. would say focus on enjoying the calibre of play and the emotion that they playing with because it doesn come along that often. might want to keep a barf bag handy.