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NEW YEAR, NEW SKATING SEASON

  Happy New Year Friends, Skaters & Parents in the skating community!     A little info as we head into the “off-season” in the skating year calendar,        I had the pleasure of sitting down with some skaters post Skate Canada Challenge to begin the process of goal setting for the 2020 […]

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TOP TEN MISTAKES THAT SKATERS MAKE #9

    MENTAL MISTAKE #9:   Failure To Cope With Pressure    Pressure is a normal part of sports for athletes.      It’s not uncommon for most athletes, weeks before competition to begin to talk about the pressure that they feel.  As well, when an athlete begins to compete at higher levels and bigger competitions […]

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TOP 10 MENTAL MISTAKES SKATERS MAKE #8

  MENTAL MISTAKE #8:   Analyzing Your Performance With Emotions             The final element of the program is done, the TV camera begins to zoom in on the skater’s face as all watch the smile fade and eyes downcast.  The skater’s body language clearly shows disappointment, as the bows are mechanically […]

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TOP 10 MENTAL MISTAKES SKATERS MAKE: Mistake #7

        MENTAL MISTAKE #7: OVERTHINKING & SECOND GUESSING             It’s a big competition and you are at the boards ready to step on the ice for your warm-up when your mind begins its predictable pattern of doubting, questioning your preparation, training, ability.     The dreaded “what if’s” […]

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TOP 10 MENTAL MISTAKES SKATERS MAKE: Mistake #6

MISTAKE #6:    DOUBTING YOUR SKILLS & ABILITIES “Canadian figure skater Aurora Cotop has all the makings of a future star” according to PJ Kwong, writer for CBC Sports. Aurora, like many young skaters across Canada dream of becoming Canadian Champion and competing at the World Championships and the Olympics.   “It’s one of the goals […]

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TOP 10 MENTAL MISTAKES SKATERS MAKE – #5

MENTAL MISTAKE #5: MISSING THE POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM FAILURE The Post Competition Assessment A skater will miss a jump, trip, fall or even hold back and try and play it safe. If you participate in skating, failure & mistakes are inevitable. And that’s ok.  Mistakes and failure can actually be good for your young skater.  […]

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TOP 10 MENTAL MISTAKES SKATERS MAKE – Mistake #4

    MENTAL MISTAKE #4: FAILURE TO PLAN & PREPARE EFFECTIVELY     At a goal-setting seminar that I recently presented to young competitive figure skaters, I asked the young skaters to write down their dream goal for their skating career. Excitedly each skater wrote down their desired goals and set their pencils down, thinking […]

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TOP 10 MENTAL MISTAKES SKATERS MAKE – Mistake #3

MENTAL MISTAKE #3: FOCUSING ON WHAT OTHERS ARE THINKING       The 2019 World Figure Skating Championships are now in the history books with all of the highs and lows, triumphs and heartbreaks.   The competitors undoubtedly endured the pressure to perform as they represented their respective countries at the competition. These skaters that […]

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The Top 10 Mental Mistakes Skaters Make – Mistake #2

MENTAL MISTAKE #2:    FOCUSING TOO MUCH ON THE OUTCOME During competition it is easy to get caught up in thinking about your points and the score or how much you want to win. Being competitive is great, but when you are skating this focus can hurt your performance. This happens frequently when you need […]

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Top 10 Mental Mistakes Skaters Make

MENTAL MISTAKE #1:    DWELLING ON MISTAKES This is a very common mistake of many skaters, and one I work with skaters everyday.  We see examples of this mistake on every session in every rink.  Many skaters find it hard to let go of mistakes during the running of a program, during a lesson and […]

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