Olympians' tips for handling make-or-break moments

10/2/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Olympic athletes preparing for the 2010 winter games in Vancouver, Canada, explain how they cope with pressures of high-level competition. Keep your emotions in check and don't get distracted by all the activity going on around you, they suggest. "I've learned to focus on what I can control, like my training, my equipment, my race strategy, and be aware of what I can't control, like the weather, the quality of the snow, or my competitors. I use the image of bricks on a balance -- I want the 'bricks' from the things I can control to outweigh the 'bricks' on the other side of the scale," says skier Todd Lodwick.

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