The ath­letes on the podium aren’t just supremely fit phys­i­cally – they also train to de­velop the re­silience to com­bat any­thing that threat­ens their suc­cess. That’s one of the se­crets be­hind Team GB’s Olympic hero­ics, and a new book re­veals how they be­come

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What does an ath­lete re­quire to achieve Olympic suc­cess? Ef­fec­tive train­ing and good diet are givens, as are many kinds of sup­port, from fi­nan­cial to emo­tional. But there are many pieces to the puz­zle when you’re aim­ing to reach the pin­na­cle and one of the most im­por­tant is re­silience – the abil­ity to over­come ob­sta­cles, dif­fi­cul­ties, neg­a­tive think­ing and any­thing else that might stand be­tween you and tri­umph.

When Team GB’s or­gan­is­ers were pre­par­ing Bri­tain’s medal hope­fuls for the Rio Games in 2016, re­silience was one of the key ar­eas the coaches and man­agers fo­cused on. This meant dif­fer­ent things for dif­fer­ent sports and in­di­vid­ual ath­letes, but the em­pha­sis was on tak­ing knocks and com­ing back stronger. It’s one of the rea­sons GB smashed its medal tar­get and fin­ished sec­ond in the Rio medal ta­ble with 67 – and, un­prece­dent­edly, won more medals than they had in the pre­vi­ous Olympics at home.

In his book The Tal­ent Lab, award-win­ning sports writer Owen Slot ex­plains how some of Bri­tain’s Olympians have learned to see off the im­ped­i­ments life placed in front of them – and turned re­silience into medals.

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