Second Best in the World, but Still Saying Sorry
Kenichiro Fumita was crying so hard that he could barely get the words out. “I wanted to return my gratitude to the concerned people and volunteers who are running the Olympics during this difficult time,”
The Making of an Olympian
The world’s top athletes, including Olympians, rarely start competing at a young age or specialize early in the sport that will make them champions, according to a provocative new study of the athletic backgrounds of thousands of
Do Olympic-Level Achievements Make People Happy?
The appeal of the Olympics is that they decide who can claim the title of best in the world. They also, less gloriously, decide who can claim the title of second best in the world.
Simone Biles Rejects a Long Tradition of Stoicism in Sports
Ten years ago, or even five, an athlete of Simone Biles’s stature might have been reluctant to admit that she struggled with pressure, much less to have withdrawn in the middle of an Olympic competition. “People might
From Stress to Distress: Virginia Tech Professor on the Expectations on Simone Biles to Win
Mental health experts are taking a closer look at the reasons why U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s team final at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo over stress. A Virginia Tech professor
What Makes a Champion? Varied Practice, Not Single-Sport Drilling
Even when young competitors show tremendous promise in a specialized sport, they’re likely to emerge better adult athletes if they take a more multidisciplinary approach.