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  1. Watch Them Play

    Over the past 30 years, Bruce Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching LLC have been conducting a survey of college athletes in order to better understand the experience of kids involved in sports. One of the questions Brown and Miller ask is, "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?" You might expect the answer to have something to do with a particularly painful loss or maybe grueling practices. But the main response is actually, "The ride home from games with my ...
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  2. Marshmallow Men

    When it comes to that magical place where science intersects deliciousness, there may not be a series of studies that have gotten more media attention than the "marshmallow studies". As the results are often presented, preschool children who demonstrate the ability to put off eating one marshmallow now in order to receive two later, go on to do better in school, score higher on the SATs, have better health, and do better according to all sorts of other criteria we associate with success. These studies, ...
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  3. The Russia-Mexico Border

    At the 2013 Junior World Fencing Championships in Porec, Croatia, perennial favorite Russia found itself with an unusually low seed at the start of the Team Women's Sabre event, due to surprisingly poor performances in the individual competition several days earlier by two of its members. This meant that Russia would have to first fence the extremely young and fairly unaccomplished Mexican team before they could challenge the higher seeded nations. It was assumed that the Russia-Mexico match would ...

    Updated 09-05-2013 at 01:24 PM by Jason

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  4. Explicit Language

    In Moliere's satire Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, the character of the fencing master is depicted giving a lesson in what was possibly the style of the 17th century, but no doubt familiar to many today:

    Come, Monsieur, salute. Your body straight. Lean slightly on the left thigh. The legs not so widely separated. Your feet together. Your wrist in a line with your hip. The point of your sword facing your shoulder. The arm not quite so stiff. The left hand about the height of the eye. The
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    Updated 04-05-2013 at 12:29 AM by Jason

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  5. Be the Change

    Preparing to be a champion isn't limited to the effort you put in at the fencing club or in a gym. While mental preparation is often touted for its value, it's important to recognize that creating and improving a champion mindset isn't something limited to just the time set aside for visualization, meditation, and other exercises*. Champions are not only "champion-like" when they are at a competition. That mentality extends into their entire lives.

    If your goal is to be a top-performer, ...
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