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10 Track and Field Stars Share Their Thoughts on Mental Preparation

Track and Field requires acute mental preparation. Here are quotes from ten stars about how they mentally and physically prepare for their competitions.


  1. Usain Bolt: "For me, I know what I need to do to be prepared... I need to be in shape and need to go out there and understand what I need to do."

  2. Allyson Felix: "Preparation is everything. The race is a culmination of all the work, not just one aspect."

  3. Carl Lewis: "It's all about consistency, and what you do to prepare yourself to compete."

  4. Florence Griffith Joyner: "I prepare mentally by first knowing that I have no limits on my abilities."

  5. Michael Johnson: "My preparation is about being focused and staying healthy. It's also about understanding what my body needs."

  6. Sanya Richards-Ross: "Preparation for me starts with my training regimen and understanding the competition strategy."

  7. Mo Farah: "My training always has a purpose. I focus on what I need to do to perform at my best."

  8. Jackie Joyner-Kersee: "Each competition is an examination, my preparation involves rigorous training both mentally and physically."

  9. Ashton Eaton: "To prepare, I focus on executing my training, nutrition, and recovery as perfectly as possible."

  10. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce: "My preparation is really about perfecting my technique and working on my mental strength."


These quotes reflect a mix of mental focus, physical readiness, strategic planning, and consistent training routines, emphasizing that success in track and field demands a holistic approach to preparation.

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