Vancouver Olympics 2010 – Are your Kids Dreaming of Being Olympians?

A Podcast with Dr. Daniel Gould – Advisor to the USOC and Director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University

by Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard athletes on the Podium at the Olympic Games speak to dreaming about this achievement since they were little.  There is no doubt on planet earth that these athletes are motivated, committed to their training – their coaching – and their quest to perform.  As everyone knows, these things are not automatic.  Talent is nothing until it is developed.  So if you ever wondered about what the Olympians did to develop their talent…then this Podcast is for you.

Dr. Gould is one of the foremost sport psychologists in the world and this Podcast goes straight to the heart of what  parents and coaches of young gifted athletes should know.  Capturing this segment of a clinic with Dr. Gould we were thrilled when he consented to air this 5 minute piece.  For those engaged in the “Quest” this is invaluable information.  His delivery is practical, useful, and delivered with good humor – yet he doesn’t mince words on how we oftentimes mess our kids up even with great intentions.  This audio is a must for any sports parent.  Enjoy.


Dan Gould – What Parents Should know about What Makes an Elite Athlete

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