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Exploring sport coaching and psychology
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4 Champions talk

In this activity you will hear from champions about what they think has made themselves successful.

Activity 3 What makes champions successful?

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Watch the following video and try to identify its main messages. You may find it helpful to listen for the two most commonly used words.

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If you group the word mental together with psychology, it would definitely emerge as the most popular theme. Also, dedication and commitment were often used, suggesting that the athletes considered drive and motivation as key aspects that they felt separated them from their colleagues; there is plenty of research evidence which supports these opinions. This video reinforces the mental components used to explain Jonathan Edwards’ success in Activity 2.