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11 The Source of Superb Performance

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

Michelangelo Sculptor, painter, architect

‘If you think too much about a race you just make yourself more nervous…’

The sprinter, Olympic Gold-medal winner Usain Bolt is currently regarded as the fastest man on earth. Before the race, while his competitors are running through complex pre-race routines, visualizing their victories and performing various rituals, Bolt fools around and chats with the crowd. When asked why he favours this approach, he said ‘I’ve learned over the years that if you think too much about a race you just make yourself more nervous'. Bolt's goal on the day is obvious – he's unlikely to forget that he wants to cross the ...

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