After much anticipation, the 2010 Winter Olympics are upon us. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be using this space to follow female Olympians from around the world. Well known and little known information about female Olympians will be revealed. Team USA will be a special focus, including such topics as Olympic moms and the preponderance of multiple Olympians.
Unfortunately, Lindsey Vonn, America’s greatest hope, has suffered a bruised and maybe fractured right shin that may put her out of contention all together. Due to heavy snowfall, she didn’t make her training run today. She’s using an alternate method of treatment, described as a traditional German cure: cheese and vinegar applied to the skin. She’s pulling out all the stops physically to mend.
Despite all this, a second Olympics with an accident on a training run makes me wonder about her mental preparation and expectations. As a sports psychologist, a clear mental focus and deep concentration appears to be critical for Olympic success. The Olympics is a stand alone event unlike any other. It is the ultimate test of both physical and mental strength and endurance. All factors must combine for success. Today, we’ll see where Lindsey stands.