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Mind Games: Determination, Doubt and Lucky Socks


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An authoritative exploration of the psychology of elite sport, written by an Olympic silver medallist and respected sports journalist.

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Introduction: Science, Magic or Voodoo 1. Chickens or Pigs 2. The Penny's Got to Drop 3. Coming to Violence Over Trivial Pursuits 4. Choosing training over Turkey 5. Personalty 6. The Confidence Wand 7. How to be Tarzan, How to be Jane 8. Race Day, the Moment of Truth 9. Becoming a Carrot Farmer 10. Conclusion

About the Author

Annie Vernon is a former Olympic rower. She was a full-time athlete for eight years and in that time competed in six World Championships and two Olympic Games. She won gold at the 2007 and 2010 World Championships and silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Annie retired from elite sport in 2012 and is now a sports journalist and corporate speaker, regularly contributing to BBC Sport, The Times, Guardian, Sunday Times and Rowing & Regatta. She lives in Cornwall.


A tour de force of elite sport, nerves, expectation and pressure from all perspectives. * Matthew Pinsent *
There is no better person to shed light on the fascinating subject of sports psychology than two-timed World Champion, Olympian and talented sports journalist, Annie Vernon * Chrissie Wellington OBE *
A fascinating book about the psychology of elite sport... Mind Games explores compelling territory. It asks searching questions about the mentality required to succeed at sport's highest level while mining themes of self-doubt, determination, competitiveness and why "talent needs trauma" to blossom. -- Don McRae * the Guardian *
Loved it... I would recommend it to all of you. * BBC 5 Live, Jazmin Sawyers *

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