This is my favorite story out of the Olympics so far! I would love to have one of these hanging in my room in Sochi actually. It would really give me the full experience of an Olympics in Russia!
From the New Yorker:
SOCHI (The Borowitz Report)—With the Olympics underway, hundreds of visitors to Sochi are complaining that they checked into expensive hotel rooms only to find them decorated with seminude portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It is fascinating to watch the type of images coming back from the Sochi Olympics so far. By far, one of the best pictures and videos has been those of the double toilets.
So, what do you think? There has been plenty of time and talk spent on how BAD this is, so I thought I’d pose the opposite question:
Could you ever see anyone ACTUALLY wanting toilets like this? Are there any benefits to the double toilet system we haven’t thought about?
The US Olympic team is coming to Hollywood! I’m out in LA for an amazing event called “Gold Meets Golden” which brings together the Olympics and Hollywood stars at an event following the Golden Globes. I’ll be sure to post a lot of pictures and excited an honored to be joining so many of my Olympic teammates to raise awareness for the upcoming Games in Sochi.
Below is the press release from the US Olympic Committee on the event.
GLOBES NIGHT GETS SPORTY WITH OLYMPIC ROYALTY
FOR SECOND ANNUAL “GOLD MEETS GOLDEN” EVENT
Top Hollywood Celebrities to Host Olympic Legends on Sunday, Jan. 12, at NBC/Universal Golden Globes Party
(Jan. 10, 2014) – Hollywood has long been inspired by the Olympic sporting world and vice-versa, but rarely do these two worlds have the chance to mix and mingle. On the eve of the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, Los Angeles will again welcome some of sports’ greatest names from across the world to celebrate this year’s Golden Globe Awards, and give a special send-off to the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, with competition beginning three weeks later in Sochi, Russia. The 2014 event will continue to carry the torch initially lit by 2013 hosts Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Jon Bon Jovi, Stacy Keibler and Ryan Kavanaugh.
The second-annual “Gold Meets Golden” Globes Event will be hosted by a variety of Hollywood elite who are passionate about the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Ryan Kavanaugh, Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Sofia Vergara, Adrien Brody, Chelsea Handler, Kerry Washington, Owen Wilson, and Hayden Panettiere (engaged to Ukrainian boxing Olympian Wladimir Klitschko). Sports legends Magic Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger will round out the experience by hosting a table within the Globe Awards for a variety of winter and summer athletes.
The Hollywood team will join forces with popular and legendary Olympians including gymnasts Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Gabby Douglas, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and Jake Dalton; figure skater Sasha Cohen; speedskaters Apolo Anton Ohno, Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen; track & field’sBruce Jenner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Will Claye and DeeDee Trotter; diverGreg Louganis; swimmers Nathan Adrian, Rebecca Soni, Eric Shanteau, John Naber, Jessica Hardy andSummer Sanders; water polo player Tony Azevedo; freestyle skier Nick Goepper; fencer Tim Morehouse; beach volleyball players Kerri Walsh Jennings, Misty May Treanor, April Ross and Jen Kessy; original ‘Dream Team’ basketball player Magic Johnson; and ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow (recently announced as a member of President Barack Obama’s Presidential Delegation for the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games). More Olympian and Paralympian names will be announced shortly.
Hollywood and the Olympic Games have had a long and successful history of intersection. Popular films such asChariots of Fire, Cool Runnings, Miracle, Blades of Glory, Ali, International Velvet, The Cutting Edge and many more have all featured the Olympic Games as their backdrop. A special tribute reel will feature content of these favorite silver screen scenes, combined with unforgettable Olympic moments.
The event will be supported by a variety of companies that work with Hollywood and sponsor the U.S. Olympic Committee, including:
Online Auction Benefitting Team USA
“Gold Meets Golden” will also launch a special online charity auction of various Hollywood experiences and rare Olympic memorabilia and adventures to benefit Team USA and the U.S. Olympic Committee (TeamUSA.org). Auction items available at online charity auction site Charitybuzz include four VIP tickets to exclusive parties to celebrate the Games alongside Olympic legends at Team USA Clubs in LA (Feb. 7) and Vail, Colo. (Feb. 15), official Team USA apparel, and a Cola-Cola snowboard to be signed by the party attendees. The auction will launch Jan. 12 and will run through late January at charitybuzz.com/USOC.
The special “Gold Meets Golden” occasion is developed and managed by CW3PR and will take place at the Beverly Hilton Rooftop, within the context of the annual Globes bash produced by NBC, Universal, Focus Features and E! Entertainment.
“I Am Sean John” National TV commercial featuring Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse
Positive (or let’s say productive) self-talk is a really important part of succeeding in sports and in life. It might sound like a cheesy thing but how you “coach” yourself especially in pressure filled or tough situations is critical to success.
As an example, two phrases I often use to “coach” myself through tough situations when competing or just generally in life are “It Is what It Is” and “Focus on what you can Control Tim!” (you can obviously supplement your own name here if you ever want to use the second phrase! lol)
My natural inclination when something crappy happens is like anyones: I get upset! But how much I let that moment distract or “own” me can be the difference between victory and defeat or a good or bad performance.
Bad or unlucky things happen to EVERYONE. Your equipment might not arrive at the tournament. You might do well in your seeding matches but then draw a really tough opponent anyway and of course there will always be “bad” calls. You can pick any sport you want, we’ve all witnessed an athlete get upset at a bad call and then get taken way off his/her game even many plays later. This scenario happens outside of sports just as much!
“Why is this happening to me?!?!?!” is a pretty natural phrase to pop into your head at bad moments. This is a totally normal reaction but also why it is important to plan for these situations. As soon as I go “why is this happening to me!?!?!” I take a deep breath and call upon my inner “coach” and say “It is What it Is”. Which means to me, a bad thing just happened, there is nothing I can do to go back in time to change it, I just need to accept it and “Focus on what you can control Tim!”
Being able to rapidly accept unfortunate circumstances, especially those you can’t control, and often times they can be VERY unfortunate is what it takes to win in the long run. You can’t get caught up in the short term “losses” or pitfalls and let those compound into even greater defeat.
Being a productive “coach” to yourself is one great way to help yourself overcome challenges and to put yourself in the best possible mental state to win. There is no right or wrong way to do this but it does take setting the goal, practice and experimentation like anything else to get good at it.
Learning about yourself and finding the right triggers or buttons to push to keep yourself in a focused and productive state of mind is HUGE. They are the kind of internal mental victories that precede consistent external victory and quality performance on the field of play.
Be the best coach you can be to yourself if you want to succeed in the long term!
Here is a little question/exercise (feel free to post here or just do it for yourself)
–> Do you currently have some strategies for getting yourself focused or re-centered in a productive mental state when negative or distracting things happen? Yes/No. If Yes, what are they?
–> (this is a great activity) If no, try to identify some times when you get stuck or distracted by negative things happening and start to try to catch yourself (a big step here!) and then to proactively “coach” yourself out of those unproductive moods. And, write down phrases or things you say yourself that start to have an impact so you don’t forget them!
Tim Morehouse is an Olympic Silver Medalist in the Sport of Fencing, Founder of Fencing in the Schools the largest introductory fencing program in the country, performance coach and Author of American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport. www.timmorehouse.com
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I’m on a red eye flight back from Palo Alto, California to NYC where I’ve spent the past few days working with IDEO to wrap up our current round of work to revolutionize the equipment system of fencing. This is my 3rd trip out to work with them over the past few months. Flights always seem to rev up my visionary, strategic and practical thinking processes all the same time. In the future when I tell the story of how we revolutionized fencing more than half the transformational big ideas will have occurred on planes. lol
So a small insight into the balance I’m trying to find in regards to revolutionizing the sport on the equipment front.
THE MISSION/GOAL around the equipment is to make the sport more enjoyable and accessible for fencers, spectators and people who want try it and to do this by…
#1 Reducing costs
#2 Simplifying and making the equipment more user friendly
#3 Making the sport more aesthetically and experientially pleasing (more “WOW!” factor) to it
#4 Making the sport easier to understand and referee
In conjunction with:
#5 (this is a big one) do all of #1-#4 while also creating change that will allow the sport to seamlessly transition from the current equipment system to a new system AND that the new system will continue to allow for progress and innovation on top of itself as new technology becomes available.
Simple right? lol (The irony being the best solutions are generally always simple ones but with complex thinking required to get to the simplicity) Thus the title of my post today. The best fencers (or best anything really) are simple, but it is a complex problem to get to simplicity.
It has been incredibly exhilarating, inspiring and challenging to engage in this mission and many folks have come before to try and improve the equipment only to fall short. The equipment system in fencing hasn’t been change in 70 years so we have a long road ahead on many fronts and many things to figure out and discover but I do know that this is exactly where I’m meant to be.
Ok, back to thinking and plotting on my red eye flight from San Fran to NYC. Thanks for being a part of this journey. I can’t wait to unveil all this work I’ve been doing with IDEO in Palo Alto. #IDEO #Morehouse #TheRevolutionIsComing #RallytotheFlag
Being successful in fencing and outside of fencing all starts with how you think about things. Your mindsets and values.
One of the most critical mindsets I have always had was this idea that no matter what happened in a match (or life), win or lose, I was going to take a lesson from the situation to make myself stronger in the long run.
I have always felt that if I could take something positive out of every situation, no matter how dire, that it could still be considered a victory and thus there has never really been been a point where I “lose”. My mindset is that if I can turn a defeat into a lesson that will ultimately help me in the long then that experience can be counted as a victory (even if it is a small one) on the road to my big goals.
Don’t get me wrong, losing a match or dealing with tough situations is never easy and I’m not saying those things aren’t painful in the moment. Nor am I saying that you should be satisfied with not getting wins, but if you are going to go for big things, such as the Olympics, you are going to spend years experiencing both winning AND losing and if you don’t develop and build your ability to cope with the losing in a positive way then you are likely to get frustrated and give up.
I’ve seen it happen time and time again. When people lose they often don’t want to think about it but I’ve found one of the most important things I can do is figure out what I can take from a “loss” to get better. I can say honestly that I’ve learned some of my most valuable life and fencing lessons in the “down” times.
Tim Morehouse is an Olympic Silver Medalist in the Sport of Fencing, A to Z performance coach and Author of American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport. www.timmorehouse.com
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