A Consultant’s Experience Attending Test Events in Sochi, Russia One-Year Prior to the Olympic Games

Lauren Loberg, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, USA

Theme: Elite performance

Poster Number: 101

Program ID: POS-2

Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


The purpose of this presentation is to provide a case study discussing one consultant’s approach when preparing for an Olympic experience. The majority of research focuses on the Olympic event and the athlete’s performance challenges. What about the year leading up to the event? In this presentation, I will share my experience of traveling to Sochi, Russia for the test events prior to the 2014 Olympics. The challenges and struggles to a different culture, different food, jet lag, lack of snow, and lack of organization to allow the event to flow smoothly for the athletes. I will also discuss the importance of keeping a realistic perspective for the athletes when in less than one year they will return to a totally different environment.

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