The simple answer is talent.
But that is not the key.
Of course you need to have the minimum requirement of talent to be great, but what I see in the top athletes I train at RevCon is the obsession with being the best.
Commonwealth Champion Damian Warner and training partner Taylor Stewart talked about it when they were interviewed for this article.
The goal is not to ‘go to’ the Olympics.
The goal is to WIN at the Olympics.
I heard the same thing from Pole Vaulter Robin Bone – who just vaulted a CIS best ever 4.36m – when she talked about people who set a goal of being ‘top 10’. Don’t go for top 10 – go for first. Why wouldn’t you.
Some of you will misunderstand. You will be thinking – ‘but top 10 is really good’. Yes, it is really good.
If that is the best you are capable of then it is awesome and you should be please. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t aim for the top. Remember we are talking about the best of the best, not the athletes who are just happy to get out and get some exercise.
If you are going to do it, then do it! Don’t be shy.