Mental Links to Excellence

in The Sport Psychologist

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Terry OrlickUniversity of Ottawa

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This study included 235 Canadian Olympic athletes who participated in the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo and Los Angeles. Individual interviews were carried out with 75 athletes and a questionnaire was completed by another 160 to assess their mental readiness for the Olympic Games and factors related to mental readiness. Common elements of success were identified, as well as factors that interfered with optimal performance at the Olympic Games. Statistically significant links were found between Olympic performance outcome and certain mental skills.

Terry Orlick is with the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, 35 McDougal, Ottawa, Canada, K1N 6N5. John Partington is with the Department of Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada K1S 5B6.

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