So far, Anna Kiesenhofer is responsible for the biggest surprise at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
She won the gold medal in road cycling 🚴♀️
Why is it surprising?
Since 2017 she hasn’t been part of a pro team. Technically, she’s an amateur athlete.
She even paid for her own bicycle.
How did she do it?
#1: Winning Mindset
“I wasn’t there to compete. I was there to win.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Anna’s goal from the start was to go for gold.
She didn’t care about the odds and her competition:
“There’s always this little hope, this little thought, yeah, I might win. If I’m at the start line, it means I’m prepared, I want to win. But also, I know realistically, I’m not supposed to win here.” - Anna Kiesenhofer
Anna was all by herself but she used visualization to bring support along for the ride:
“My family, I knew they were watching, I visualized them. I was thinking of them, of some past coaches I had had, of friends who were my motivation.” - Anna Kiesenhofer
#3: Being Different
Anna was the ultimate wildcard in the race because her entire approach to the sport is different from the rest of the participants:
“As a mathematician you’re used to solving problems on your own, so that’s the way I approach cycling. Many cyclists are used to having people that actually do that for them […] I mean, they have a trainer, they have a nutritionist, they have the guy that plans the race for them. I just do all these jobs myself.” - Anna Kiesenhofer
Two things happened on Monday:
- Anna used her mental A-game to break away from the main group around 40km before the end of the race. She sprinted to Olympic gold.
- The rest of the competitors were so occupied with their own mental game that they forgot that there was actually another rider in front of them.
They couldn’t see her.
Literally and figuratively.
Anna, thanks for being an inspiration 🙌
I found my next addition to my personal advisory board.
Stay happy, stay healthy 🙌