No pain, no gain. You’ve heard it many times. But do you apply it to your own life? Katie Ledecky, 17-year-old swimming champion who looks very much like the next Olympic superstar, does. After smashing her own world record in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle over the weekend, Ledecky referred to what it takes to compete […]
Golf legend Bobby Jones once said, “Golf is played on a six-inch course, namely, the space between your ears.” If that’s true — and it is — then the rest of the golf world better watch out. Rory McIlroy has built a mental game to go with his physical game, and that makes him scary […]
Do you think superstars are destined to be superstars? Or do you think they themselves decided to be? Destined . . . Determined . . . . Devoted Misty Copeland and Michael Strahan were determined and that made all the difference in the world. That’s why they’ve been in the news recently. Copeland, rejected at […]
Frank Lane, a long-ago baseball exec who loved to make trades, is said to have even swapped a player for a box of cigars. “But,” Lane was careful to point out, “They were very good cigars.” Lane comes to mind because the end of July marks baseball’s annual trading deadline. Teams make last-minute deals to […]
Joe Torre reached the Hall of Fame in his field the same way you can get to the top in yours. He did it by knowing the biggest problem he had to solve. In Torre’s case it was George Steinbrenner, who hired him to manage the New York Yankees but who had a habit of […]
Coach Mike Tully has studied peak performance for three decades, first as an international sports writer and then as a championship coach. Coach Tully covered Olympic Games in Lake Placid, Los Angeles, Sarajevo and Seoul, as well as more than 100 consecutive World Series games. Now he takes the insights gained from the greatest athletes in the world and brings them into high school and college gyms.