Top athletes help you achieve an Olympic State of Mind
Some of the world's top athletes in Olympic sports have joined forces with Bridgestone and Olympic Channel to create Olympic State of Mind.
This personal journey helps you get the best out of yourself through the techniques of mindfulness, motivation, and visualisation.
Those sharing their knowledge are six Team Bridgestone athlete ambassadors - six-time Olympic athletics gold medallist Allyson Felix, teenage swimming sensation Ariarne Titmus, Rio 2016 javelin gold medallist Thomas Rohler, reigning badminton world champion P.V. Sindhu, London 2012 freestyle wrestling champ Jordan Burroughs, and three time Olympic triathlete Ai Ueda.
Olympic State of Mind 2.0 | Trailer
Olympic State of Mind 2.0 | TrailerOlympic State of Mind is a short video series that guide viewers through each stage of an athlete’s mental journey, providing tangible tips and centres viewers around the three key pillars of Olympic State of Mind - Motivation, Mindfulness and Visualisation.
Practising mindfulness has really helped Rio 2016 badminton silver medallist P.V. Sindhu.
The Indian started meditating in the middle of 2019, and then won her first world title in August.
She told Olympic Channel, "I really enjoy it. I used to just have a vision of my game before but I never meditated as such.
"It can be anytime in the morning or in the afternoon, whenever I have time. For me, mindfulness is when you think something in your mind, you have to just go with it.
"It's very important to believe in yourself and have hope that you can do it. Then just go with the flow." - PV Sindhu on mindfulness
PV Sindhu: My life as a superstar in India
PV Sindhu: My life as a superstar in IndiaBadminton world champion PV Sindhu is a household name in India but she does not consider the constant attention a burden. "It feels great being a sports star in India," she tells us. "Being in the limelight is definitely a wonderful thing, and I am really enjoying it." The Rio silver medallist loves dressing up for red-carpet-events and finds that balancing her lifestyle is key.
Motivation can be hard for some athletes, particularly those approaching the end of their careers.
Ariarne Titmus, who stunned Katie Ledecky in the 400m freestyle at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, doesn't have that problem.
The Australian is yet to appear at an Olympic Games, and competing in Tokyo is her big target.
She said, "Motivating myself to train is super easy because I always have my goals and I try to keep them in the front of my mind. I do a lot of self-talk with them and try to repeat them.
"If I have a bad race, I think the biggest thing for me to motivate myself is look at where it went wrong and then try and fix that." - Ariarne Titmus
Wrestler Jordan Burroughs has been through his fair share of ups and downs during his career.
After his gold at London 2012, he suffered crushing disappointment at Rio 2016 and vowed to improve himself physically and mentally.
As well as embracing mindfulness, the American uses visualisation to give him an edge on his rivals.
That new mental approach paid swift dividends with Burroughs winning his fourth world title in 2017.
He said, "I try to visualise my opponent being right in front of me. It's less about what he's doing and more about my preparation and knowing that I'm prepared to beat this guy.
"My visualisation means going out there, getting my hand raised, getting to the motion and the movement that I need to be victorious." - Jordan Burroughs
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Exclusive! Jordan Burroughs: "Who am I if I'm not the champion?"The London 2012 gold medallist had to reinvent himself after a massive disappointment at Rio 2016 where he lost in the quarter-finals. US gymnast Katelyn Ohashi sat down with the wrestling superstar and asked him about his new outlook on his career. "There's still gold to be had. There's still wins on the table. Moments to be captured," said Borroughs ahead of the World Wrestling Championships.
How to achieve the Olympic State of Mind
Learn from top Olympic athletes with the Olympic Channel's Olympic State of Mind, presented by Bridgestone.
Watch videos featuring these stars and athletes of all abilities from around the world, and enhance your knowledge of motivation, mindfulness, and visualisation.