Over my 21 year career I won three Olympic silver medals, four World Championship golds, and held two world records, all in different teams and under four different coaches. But ‘success’ is an external interpretation of what people see from the outside. It doesn’t convey the internal lived experience.
Learnings from Five Olympic Games is a handbook of my performance learnings. Every element that lay behind creating my ultimate race is distilled into simple points – from the characteristics of the best teams I was in and how we built trust, to how I learnt to handle nerves and my go-to mantras.
Stories and illustrations are interspersed throughout to bring those learnings to life. I also tell the wider story of my career; how two years from my final Olympic Games I changed my mindset from all about winning, to focusing on the people I was working with, and how my mantra: ‘What can we create together?’ took me closer to Gold than I ever thought possible.
It has been described as “too valuable not to share”, “Absolutely beautiful”, “Absolutely fascinating”, and in the words of my university coach: “You’ve articulated what people think, and what some don’t know they do”.