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8 things I loved about the Tokyo Olympics

Dan Walker and Sam Quek on the BBC Coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics I was one of those who was never quite sure the Olympics would happen this year so hadn’t built up excitement – but now it is over I feel sad that cartoons will be back on our screen over breakfast...

The impact of media pressure on Olympic Athletes

The modern media environment makes sport a very different experience for athletes. They don't just perform and maybe chat about it afterwards with a journalist. They have to behave with the media in mind at all times. I researched this a few years ago and interviewed...

Learning from the best: Denise Mueller-Korenek

Denise Mueller-Korenek is a 45 year old American cyclist who in 2018 set the world record for paced bicycle land speed going 183.9 miles per hour. 16 miles per hour faster than any male or female has ever gone before. She also exudes enthusiasm and 'an do' attitude...

Learning from the best: Kristin Armstrong

Cyclist Kristin Armstrong won three Olympic Gold medals in the Time Trial in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. After each Olympic Games she retired but came back 18 months before the next Olympics. Performance in Mind chatted to Kristin about her drive to keep...

Learning from the best: Matt Jones

A few weeks ago I got the chance to interview the freestyle mountain biker, Matt Jones. I work with lots of cyclists but none of them are yet doing the kind of tricks that Matt routinely fits into his rides and I was fascinated to find out how he approaches...

Learn from the best: Jasmijn Muller – setting and hitting goals

Jasmijn is a long distance cyclist. Fitting her cycling around a busy job she does the races most of us think of as undoable. She is currently training to set a new record for cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats and aiming to complete it in under 52 hours! Would...

Learning from the best: Annie Emmerson

Annie Emmerson is a well known name within the Triathlon community. The former ITU triathlete and duathlete is now a Coach, BBC Commentator and still a pretty speedy runner (in her mid 40s she is still running times which would give her a place on the London Marathon...

Learning from the best: Eddie Brocklesby

Photo credit: Susanne Hakuba Dr Edwina Brocklesby (or Eddie as she is known) is 72. She is possibly the best advert there can be for the benefits of staying active as you age. Having started exercising aged 50 she has since run dozens of half marathons and marathons,...

Learning from the best: Annie Emmerson

Annie Emmerson is a well known name within the Triathlon community. The former ITU triathlete and duathlete is now a Coach, BBC Commentator and still a pretty speedy runner (in her mid 40s she is still running times which would give her a place on the London Marathon...

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