Faster, Higher, Stronger


“It’s about building a system that’s very resilient and sustainable.
In the past what Britain has done has invested in individuals and coaches. But it didn’t build a system.”

Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair UK Sport. 15 minutes ago on BBC1.

There’s more like that on this post on Perfect Flow here about the Team GB cycling successes and how they clearly thought very differently.
A good example of Thinking->System->Performance. For example:

“Just watching the mountain bike race, one of the bikes isn’t painted to save weight, the commentator was expressing incredulity at this. Chris Boardman replied “that saves 60g. Red is the heaviest paint”

[EDIT] I’ve been had. As Gothandy points out below in a comment, it was sarcasm and I took it literally. Falling for this is a good example of how people like one simple answer, like the French saying Team GB were using “magic wheels”, rather than the more annoyingly vague “concentrate and improve on purpose”.

Next however, are the super humans. Press play and watch this, you are now 50% more likely to watch the Paralympics. That’s science, fact-fans.

If you are an iPerson that may not work as it uses Flash so click here for YouTube link.

Sent from my iPhone

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8 Responses to Faster, Higher, Stronger

  1. gothandy says:

    Don’t get distracted by the red paint comment made by Chris Boardman, he confirmed just before the men’s race that he was being sarcastic!

    Personally it is more the shared sense of purpose, the ability to consider both mental and physical well being and the culture of continuous learning.

    If you’re going to quote Chris (always something to approach with caution!) then after the gold medal Bradley Wiggins won on the time trial, he was asked what made Bradley different, his simple (paraphrased) answer “Brad is always learning.”


  2. Shame about the quote 😦

    The overall position stands though; the cycling team have amended their thinking in a way that their competitors find hard to fathom. Consequently, the end-to-end process of getting riders to win races has been advanced beyond belief over the last decade.


    • ThinkPurpose says:

      “amended their thinking in a way that their competitors find hard to fathom.” is a great way to put it.
      Like they say, and keep on saying, what’s the one thing you CAN’T see? The thinking!


  3. James says:

    Compare the approach of GB Cycling with that of GB Athletics, who seem to still be concentrating on individual talented individuals and their coaches. Mo Farah was incredible, but where is the next Mo? Where were the team mates to force the pace in the early stages of the 5000 metres?


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