jeudi 20 août 2009

Canadians seek inside edge on mental track

SEAN GORDON - Globe and Mail - Aug. 19
The doctor is in, although the consultations take place in a tatty corduroy arena seat rather than on a Hollywood headshrinker's overstuffed leather couch and he's not much interested in hearing about your mother.

After a tough day on the ice this week, short-track speed-skater Olivier Jean clambered up the stands for a chat with the quiet, studious-looking middle-aged man in the Team Canada jacket, as did a procession of other competitors.

His name is Pierre Beauchamp, the national short-track team's mental performance specialist, and a key cog in the machine that hopes to generate a significant medal haul at next February's Vancouver Winter Olympics.

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