Tag: Champion

A CHAMPION is born

There are many inspirational stories in life…the kind that tug at your heart all while demonstrating the enormous courage it takes to overcome adversity.  True champions…they are such, not simply because of the talents they were born with, nor are they defined by the championships they win. They are who they are, true champions, because... Read more »

Nine-Year-Old Swim Champion Demonstrates Unquestionable Sportsmanship

It has been over a year now since I watched in awe Meghan Vogel’s unsurpassed act of good sportsmanship when she helped a fallen, fellow competitor cross the finish line at the OHSAA State Track Meet last June. A deed by a competitive high school athlete that just shines with possibility, especially when coming out... Read more »

Fear in Sports…a Demonstration of Respect

Fear can be an athlete’s worst enemy…or it can be one of his/her greatest assets. Whether it’s simply an anxiety raising inner questions about one’s ability…or downright distress, it will be the athlete’s skill at overcoming or controlling this fear that helps determine success or failure for any given moment in time. In most cases…inner... Read more »

Becoming a True Champion (#BATC) Reader Expresses Opinion

Sometime around last April (just before Becoming a True Champion was released to the public) I was sitting at my keyboard wondering how athletes, coaches and/or parents might interpret the concepts and principles interwoven throughout BATC? Would they understand what I was trying to say…what I wanted to accomplish? Would they see the same need... Read more »

Sports: Conversation Sparks “Idea,” Inspiring Book for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches

Over this past year, I have spent a good deal of time adding articles to my blog here at ChicagoNow. Pieces that I felt warranted a highlight, articles written to inspire thought and action, commentary (sometimes unpopular) I thought necessary, and writings with the specific purpose of building strong foundations for success…athletic success. My goal…something... Read more »

Sports: Athletes Seeking Championship Success Start With “ROA”

This past summer we watched some of the very best athletes in the world compete at the London Olympics. Whether it was swimmers Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte or Missy Franklin; gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Alexandra Raisman or Mckayla Maroney; or track’s Usain Bolt, Ashton Eaton or Lolo Jones; all demonstrated the results that unequivocal dedication, commitment,... Read more »

Sports: Helping High School Athletes Think Like Champions

Years ago, when I was still coaching, I coached a team that had a great deal of potential. However, as is common with a good number of high school athletes, their confidence was not up to par with that said potential. Their talent was most definitely beyond their current level of performance, and their efforts... Read more »

Sports: Athletic Success Can be Measured by “The Little Things”

How many of you have heard the statement, “It’s the little things that make all the difference?” A lot, I would assume. Whether in this form or another, it is a commonly referenced statement in sports (at least from a coach’s standpoint). And as a former competitive athlete, it is something I subscribed to as... Read more »

Olympics: Gymnastics is Unforgiving, But Arbitrary Rules Should Not a Champion Make!!!

Two contrasting stories, one right up my alley because of the adversity she faced and the opportunity that arose in a sport so tough (due to the discipline it takes to be a consistent solid performer); the other tears at my heart as a young lady watches her dream erased; controversially stolen from her. And... Read more »

Sports: The Sports Doctor Interview Revisited

If you missed host Dr. Weil and myself discussing Becoming a True Champion on The Sports Doctor radio show in the Chicago Area last Thursday you are welcome to listen to the show in its entirety by clicking the mp3 link below. sportsdoctorradio.com/2012/june28.mp3 We discuss a variety of sports topics and how the book relates... Read more »