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TIME - August 2016 special feature on Rio Olympics

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TIME - August 2016 special feature on Rio Olympics

I was driving with all the windows down along a leafy Warwickshire lane one day in July. It was one of those rare days when temperatures soared into the 30’s, prompting me to think back to January when I’d been working with the US BMX team at the Olympic training centre in Chula Vista and then with beach volleyball in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. The phone rang and a cultured American voice announced himself as Sean Gregory, chief sports editor with TIME magazine.

He told me he’d spent a day with the USA women’s beach volleyball team in June this year and wanted to know if I could help him understand what had happened to them – “They were fizzing with energy and talking in terms I didn’t understand such as ‘She’s such a D!’… When I asked them to explain, they said ‘Talk to Phil!’ so that’s why I’m calling you.


 
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PEOPLE ALCHEMY

Sean’s account of his visit brought the story of Kerri, April and Marcio up to date. It’s good to see that he found them now fully gelling as a unit and fired up, ready to go.

See the article at…

http://time.com/4428047/kerri-walsh-jennings-and-april-ross-beach-volleyball-usa/

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I was reminded, too, that a large part of my time with them was captured by a camera crew to be made into a documentary focusing on Kerri’s Olympic journey – this was premiered by NBC a couple of days ago…

Kerri Walsh Jennings: Gold Within

Check out the trailer:

 

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USA Olympic Committee develops Team USA coaches on their road to Rio

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USA Olympic Committee develops Team USA coaches on their road to Rio

As Rio 2016 fast approaches, the USA Olympic Committee (USOC) has commissioned a programme to ensure Team USA coaches are at the top of their game. The programme has been developed to ensure all coaches have the skills needed to give their athletes the edge. The aim is to develop their self-awareness in recognising the impact they have on others and how and when to adapt in challenging situations.

The high-impact programme was developed and delivered with People Academy, and includes at its core the use of the Thomas Sport psychometric assessments, measuring the behavioural and emotional traits of coaches. The first cohort of coaches attended a high impact module at LA Galaxy’s stadium in February 2015. 

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