THE PRESSURE PRINCIPLE

Under pressure you can perform fifteen percent better or worse.

—SCOTT HAMILTON

When you have fun, it changes all the pressure into pleasure.

—KEN GRIFFEY SR. and KEN GRIFFEY JR.

He was a sickly child, his growth stunted by a rare digestive disease. Kids at school called him “Peanut” and other hurtful names. A figure-skating judge said he was too small to succeed in international competition. But now here he was, on center stage, at five-foot-three, 115 pounds, the biggest attraction of the Winter Olympics. Figure skating is the main event of the Winter Games. It is rich theater, made-for-TV drama. The anticipation is delicious. For the performers the pressure is palpable. One tiny mistake—one fraction of a point deducted ...

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