Posts Tagged 'personal best'

Achieving Personal Best: Christopher Bergland

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Achieving Personal Best: Christopher Bergland

“What separates the above-average from the elite is the determination and commitment to stick with it and practice, practice, practice more than other people are. I like to think that I worked harder than just about anyone and therefore was able to maximize whatever natural gifts I was born with. But again I poured my heart into sports because it was a labor of love. It never felt like a real sacrifice to me.”

Over the past ten years, running a ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Laura Kline

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Achieving Personal Best: Laura Kline

“What fuels me is when people around me act cocky. I like to be as low-key as possible, so when I hear women talking smack before a race, I eat it up. Confidence is great, but when you’re openly bragging about your accomplishments, who you are, and what you’re going to do at the start line, you’re only helping me.”

2012 Overall Duathlon World Champion (she beat everybody!) Laura Kline is a petite, muscular, powerhouse of an athlete whose toughness as ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Corrie Kristick

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Achieving Personal Best: Corrie Kristick

“I have failed many times in life inside and outside of sports. It has made me realize that whatever the outcome, success or failure, it’s ok. Essentially, we must not be defined by our sport or our shortcomings, for we are so much more than that. And yes, everything, even failure, happens for a purpose.”

Even though Corrie Kristick swam Division 1 at Rice University and is a nationally ranked age group swimmer, she doesn’t consider swimming to be her ...

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Achieving Personal Best: BJ Bedford Miller

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Achieving Personal Best: BJ Bedford Miller

“Everyone has their Olympics. Mine was televised. Your heart, your mind and your competitive spirit can shine in ANYTHING.”

Back in the ‘80s when I had the privilege of attending The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, I had no idea I would be rubbing elbows with Olympians, among them two gold medalist swimmers. That’s right. Two students in the class below mine earned the preface “Olympic Gold Medalist.” One of these is the very humble BJ Bedford Miller who was ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Kristin Villopoto

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Achieving Personal Best: Kristin Villopoto

 “I have never had raw talent.  On the track team in school, I was the one who stayed the summer and kept training because it took so much for me to be even close to the level of my teammates.  I know how to work hard towards a goal, and what makes me want it is to save face with the ones who can train only a bit then blow everyone away in the race.”

I met Kristin Villopoto September ’12 ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Jackie Edwards

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Achieving Personal Best: Jackie Edwards

 

“If I took personal responsibility for a loss, I felt as if I had it in within my power to do better the next time as opposed to blaming something extrinsic.”

I love watching the Olympics. I am always inspired, but hardly ever deluded into believing that I too could have been an Olympian had I just found the right sport or worked a little harder. (There was that one exception.)  One of the things I appreciate about watching the Olympics ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Jeff Weinstein

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Achieving Personal Best: Jeff Weinstein

“That deep practice concept is interesting. It describes my training process. I set a race date, set a goal time, see how close I come, and then move on to the next one. It can often be frustrating to fall short, but when you do hit your goals, it’s amazing. It’s important to set ambitious, but reasonable goals.”

While we have many talented athletes at The Dalton School (and a stunning number of those in Sin Quee/Neiers House—I’m just a little biased), ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Gail Kattouf

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Achieving Personal Best: Gail Kattouf

“Most everything I do well now, I failed at first. I learn the most after I fail or watch someone fail. It hits me hard and I hate the feeling and learn from it well.”

I met Gail Kattouf at this year’s Duathlon Nationals, where she ran and rode the course as if it were a downhill, while the rest of us felt otherwise. She excels in running, duathlons, and triathlons, and among her many accomplishments, she was this years ...

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Achieving Personal Best: Proposal

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Achieving Personal Best: Proposal

Back in 2008, a few photos of me were used in a New York Times “Personal Best” by Gina Kolata. Those two words – personal best – are particularly meaningful to me.

In January, 2012, I wrote my sabbatical proposal to the Faculty Review Committee at The Dalton School.  I was fortunate to be honored with the grant to pursue racing and interviewing elite athletes. Over the next few months, I will be posting these interviews. Below are excerpts from ...

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