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Katelyn Ohashi

How Katelyn Ohashi and Miss Val injected joy back into gymnastics

Podcast special feature interviews coming up A few weeks ago, Katelyn Ohashi, broke the internet when her gymnastics floor routine went viral. The routine captured the imagination of those watching, by showing a rare combination of joy married with devastating athleticism, precision and perfection. The sport of gymnastics has been hurting in recent years, with the abhorrent sexual…

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Win the battle and then the war

Win the battle and then the war: How to respond when you’re in conflict

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” Ronald Reagan If you find you’re butting heads with colleagues over the smallest details, maybe launching on the attack because something doesn’t agree 100% with you, or struggling to connect with a certain person – it might be time to re-evaluate your…

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Chris Hoy

For uncertainty ahead – be more Chris Hoy!

“If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.” Jim Carrey In 2004, Chris Hoy won gold in a tumultuous 1000m sprint cycle event in the Athens velodrome in a new Olympic record. Affectionately known as the ‘kilo’, the event was the blue riband of the track cycling,…

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Your influencers: Infectious or infected?

Your influencers: Infectious or infected

“In order to preserve the dominion of our own passions, it behooves us to be constantly and strictly on our guard against the influence and infection of the passions of others.” John Quincy Adams (Congratulations you’ve just read an article that starts with a sentence including the word ‘behooves’!) Scrolling through social media (first mistake), wading through the…

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adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself.

Why you’re going to be rubbish at your job in 10 years (and what to do about it)

When I was in my second year at university two of our housemates undertook an exchange with a partner university. The year was 1994. Melissa and Kate went west to snowy Canada and Chris and Marie-Ellen came to sunny Eastbourne. Each evening Chris and Marie-Ellen would both head off to a library that had one computer that was…

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Don’t cave in

Don’t cave in: Evaluating what is truly important in life and work

Plato once wrote of a cave inhabited by prisoners who had been chained there since childhood (admittedly, I’ve started blogs on a cheerier note). The prisoners can only look at the back of the wall where flickering shadows stimulate their imaginations and lead them to believe all they imagine is real. If the prisoners were to get free…

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Stop to continue

Stop to continue: Five essential steps to descending after a big competition

After a stonking weekend of sport, with so many events coming to a climax, it is worth remembering the importance of the lull after the storm. For the French national team, Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokavic there is the thrill of victory. But for Croatia, Kevin Anderson and Serena Williams, for England and Belgium, the likes of Roger…

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SUPERSTITIONS, TRENDS AND PROBABILITIES

Superstitions, trends and probabilities: World Cup blog

  Amongst the hype that surrounds the latter stages of the World Cup, there seems to be a rabid hype for ‘trends’, masquerading as entertainment. The use of statistics, past records, first ever achievements and any old past events is funny at first, but when you realise that some people actually believe in this gibberish as a predictor…

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The time for adaptation is over: World Cup blog

The time for adaptation is over: World Cup blog

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Joseph Campbell As the World Cup tournament swings from group stages to the knockout stages – for the bigger, stronger teams there is a shift from a mentality of “collect enough points to advance and conserve energy if you can”, to “all-in”. In…

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Time, the hidden menace at big competitions and how to harness it

Time, the hidden menace at big competitions and how to harness it

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. Alfred Hitchcock There are 3 ways to slow down time. According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the faster anything travels, the slower time passes, known as ‘time dilation’. The next method is doing all-out, full-gas exercise, say for example 30s maximum effort, during which someone…

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