This girl age 18 is the youngest girl taking the gold in alpine skiing. The article here is a good reading. The talent code wrote about that here.
Now she wasn’t put to isolation and specialization at an early age, she was told to work at it, she moved around she had to master several materials and environments, she did things that promoted her balance, her adaptive ability.
She won the Olympic gold in slalom alpine skiing in sotj 2014.
She learned several variations, she learned to adapt to the world and she got good but she never went and did all those programs the experts tell you to do, she kept doing things that was fun that allowed her skills to grow.
The Swedish girls who spent the whole season to be in second or third spot even win was no where to be seen in this final. I could say that’s normal as most have no idea what its like to just be good, Mikaela learned to do that.
The road to success isn’t talent, its smart work and hard such and variation and adaption and while that will take a much longer time to do such skills teaches the athlete a lesson about adapting their skills to whatever they do and then they spend countless hours to master the new environment. Doing that is worth a lot in the long run. Skipping that might get you far with your peers but that early specialization also causes you to think your good until you meet those that are good and find out your good but not good enough to dominate.
Such a long road isn’t fun all the time, digging the ground for hours cleaning up old stuff well it teaches you that if you do one thing at the time, once done its all gone.
I aimed to do the same with Hans, it’s a lot of different things, applied variation now he even bought a lefty club to swing from the left. His swing from the left looks like an amateur, and that’s the point to struggle to adapt, to make your brain work to master this new thing. I teach him to track skills to improve those to do those and as once he do them he will have the best tempo and the best consistency in the world in golf, none on the tour are going to match him there, none. How well he does from that is hard to say its not like Mikaela knew what all her garden work, her moving around would do, as their parents did the smart thing, they never put slalom work before skills work.
Now they didn’t think much about it as it was fun doing all those different things and that’s one key to get good. The male Swedish skiers all complained about the race, they couldn’t do it, they wasn’t good enough to adapt to the environment.
I look at tour pros and think, why are they doing those things? I cant understand it, they practice wrong, they don’t understand what to do and they are trained by the best trainers in the world right?
Mikaela was trained by her parents.
I am myself self taught pretty much I know what I done to acquire my skills, I know what I do works beyond what any golf trainer will be able to do in the next 1000 years. Larry is now frustrated a lot, its like that when we engage to change things, we wont get it right as we need to build those variations, adapt and conquer them. Doing so is a lot of work and often we wont see benefit from them at all.
Until it works.
Funny thing once it works, Larry will forget all this work he did.
I had clients struggle with shit for decades but once they were happy all the years was gone of struggle, just like that.
Funny how that works.
I know when I work my swing now, I swing, check a few variations, I even added a new set up position and it makes it easier for me, and then as I work my progress is then checked against video, and if I do a motion then adjust until I do the one I want to do. I don’t use video to check positions I use it to see motion.
Working skills is a funny thing as once Hans for example works his 2-4% dispersion pattern and its normal for him, then no one on the tour will be able to have his consistency. For Hans he will look at them and think why cant they do it as its so easy?
Its due to skills, the focus on skills improvement and once you do that which I teach your level of performance will once done skyrocket. My swing is better, I know how it feels like to make ball contact now, I know how to get the club head there that way, I then improve other actions to follow the template, adjust, test adjust until motion pass the criteria mark and once it does, it’s a swing.
While I do this it might not look like I am improving even. Hans been working variations for years with me now. He now understands what it means to do world class performance skill. Once the skill level if adapting to the workload and enough variation been done something new emerges, uniquely and fantastic.
Like Mikaela she just have the better skill set vs her competitions. She will dominate for years to come. Her skills wasn’t built in the skiing arena alone, it was built at home with her parents and family. It’s a long road to get it down but once down, your just better.
I expect Hans to be there also.
Me? I am already there a long time ago.
Its easy to go the easy route to listen to experts that knows what its like, when I question them they cant answer me and often just get mad as I ask questions they think are stupid. I asked Joseph Riggio a question, he couldn’t answer me and I done that with every expert, I asked a swimming coach if he was good at what he did, he said I entered 2 Olympic games and I was like, who cares? I worked with suicide patients and sexually abused and religious nuts, Olympics is kids play.
Once your able to do this work, you build adaption into your routine, your frustrated as your skills needs to be grown and adapted to the workload, its not fun all the time as you think your good. I asked Hans, hit your driver at 80%, he was like cant do that. I said yes you can, once he did he hit it longer and more straight. His work these years even when injured back is now allowing him to do what I want him to do, what I found during the modeling with Mike Austin swing motion. He now can do it better.
For me, I done this for decades. I evolved, I done 5 years of intu-flow and my body is transformed thanks to it. I changed my eating habits and currently in a 3 months fitness plan and 2 more months to go. I apply skills there also, measurement with images not every day but once a month. My waist line is improved. Measurement is fun.
I quote Mikaela,
“But you know, it was all part of the growth experience,” Mikaela said. “It’s like getting down a tough racecourse. Things you don’t expect come up and you have to adapt. You can’t let it throw you off. You have to cope. Those are all really valuable skills, in life and racing.” end quote.