This is a funny one guys. This was back in 2009 when Donny was coming off his mentally taxing Olympic campaign. Donny was in the gym at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center training hard in front of the new kids, Nic Long and Connor Fields.
In typical fashion, I turn on my camera and Donny knows me as a coach, how I like to mentally train these guys and get them to acknowledge who is in the gate to replicate the race situation and challenge their focus when the cadence starts to turn on. I did this regularly with the team leading up to the Beijing Olympic Games. I would call out the moto number, I would call out who was in what lane, and it was fun, these guys would laugh from time to time because they we’re really confident to do well at the Olympics. And that was the key to coaching, keeping it light, keeping it fun, there is no need to have these guys feeling like it was work despite the fact it was indeed. And that’s what Donny was doing in this video, we kept it fun.
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