Steve Victorson
The Champion's Way
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Senator Graham - Let the athletes play the games

Senator Lindsey Graham's suggestion that we consider an Olympic boycott because of the Edward Snowden affair is wrong. Using athletes and sport to make a point on the stage of world politics is not the right approach.
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Sergio and Tiger

Sergio Garcia is an extremely talented golfer with a colorful personality, but perhaps he should stop talking. While outspokenness may be part of his personality, it is distracting him from playing his best golf. This is not to say that he should stop being himself, but it is time to let his golf do the talking. Read More
Tiger Woods

As champions and truly successful people believe, the past is past. Learn from your mistakes and move forward. Do not dwell on the past.
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Rory McIlroy

Rory is a fun golfer to watch and he certainly should not be judged negatively or harshly for his decision to leave the tournament.
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Armstrong admits guilt


For his role, Armstrong deserves his fate as do his former teammates.
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Mikaela Schiffrin

Champions maintain their focus, even with the excitement that surrounds their success.
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Ted Ligety Equipment and Winning

The messages for all young ski racers are clear. Equipment is important, but what matters most is your preparation and your ability to adapt.
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Armstrong - Still in the news

How many people reading this blog have ever in their lives felt so driven by a cause that they would do anything and everything to win?
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Courageuos admissions? - Another chapter for Lance Armstrong


What is more beneficial? Cleaning up the sport of cycling or inspiring people to cure and survive cancer? I see no benefit to sport or the world situation by bringing these allegations public so many years later.
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Thoughts on Armstrong and USADA

Why did USADA pursue accusations of cheating so many years after the fact? Was the continued pursuit of these accusations, really done for the "good of the sport"?
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Breaking the rules

The beauty of competition and ultimately winning is to be the best while performing within the rules. To blatantly break the rules means that a competition, as it is designated does not exist. In a sense, this individual is the gold medalist of a non-event.
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Phelps and Retirement


This is what champions do, except for uncontrolled circumstances they finish on their terms.

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Hero Worship

So who is guilty and what was the problem at Penn State? What kind of culture of leadership has to be in place to report a crime, especially a crime of this nature? This is not about the university having poor systems of oversight, a crime this repulsive is about the failings of these 4 men.
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Youth Sport Injuries

Given that so few kids ever reach the highest levels of sport, excessive training for most kids is not worth the downside of burnout and lifelong injuries.
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Cheating - Apologies - Excuses and Honor

Frankly, all of these coaches should be suspended for 3 years. The Saint's Super Bowl Victory should have a large asterisk. The team owner should be questioned further regarding the response of management and the NFL should reassess its priorities and how it enforces the rules it creates.
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A different approach to competition

Multitasking and having different or competing interests does not make a champion. Read More
Respect and Teamwork

Maybe what this country actually needs is the reminder that we are all on the same team. As a star goalie on a championship team, Tim Thomas clearly understands the value of teamwork.
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Defining a Champion

For the champion, the focus and effort required to win and win and win is a choice.
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A case for water training

Without question, NBA teams should explore deep and shallow water exercise for training, conditioning and recovery workouts
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Youth sports and winning

At a young age, sport is about participating and creating the desire in each kid to return for the next season. Having fun and learning to compete at a young age are of primary importance.
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Lindsey Vonn

What is often lost at a champion level performance is what happens behind the scenes. We just see the event. In the case of Vonn, her main support system has been thrown into turmoil and this could easily have derailed her chances at winning.
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Tiger's win at the Chevron

Tiger Wood's victory, unlike some in the media suggested was significant. It does not matter whether there are 18 competitors or 180 competitors - 11 out of the top 25 or the entire top 25, winning is winning. Read More
Jump Ball

While it is true that the players are the show and the owners are the vehicle that allow the show to happen, it is the fans who pay everyone's salary and they just want to be entertained. Read More
Greg Norman comments on Tiger Woods

These new distractions are more powerful than the superficial comments and criticisms and sponsorship questions, as they come from within. Read More
NCAA Miami Decision
With corrupt adults and the temptations of society, perhaps the kids who break NCAA rules and accept money are not cheaters, but victims? Read More
Djokovic vs Federer 2011 US Open
"Confidence, are you kidding me?" Federer asked. "Please. Some players grow up and play like that. I never played that way. I believe that the hard work's going to pay off."  Read More
Presidents Cup Response to Farrell Evan's letter to Fred Couples

Fred Couples has two coaches discretion choices for the Presidents Cup team. Any choice he makes is the right decision. They are his choices. Further, if any other golfer who did not make the team has a question, the answer is simple. Next time score enough points to make the team. Read More
Champions and Cool

Imagine if your young aspiring athlete came to you and said: "Mom, can you buy me this shirt?"  A t-shirt with the word "Dope" written on the front. Your immediate reaction might be to ask, Why suggest to the world that you lack intelligence? Read More
Is Tiger Woods Overtrained?

Playing through pain and injury has long-term consequences. The short-term benefit may be an amazing victory and the further defining of a legend. The long-term consequences of persevering through pain and injury along with aggressive training and swing practice, however, might be an assault on the longevity of an athletic career. Read More
Should You Play Through an Injury?

For every great champion who plays while injured or sick, there should be a disclaimer: "Professional athletes only. School kids and any other nonprofessional should follow doctors order's: stay home and get  better."
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Overtraining in Young Athletes Not Worth an Injury

But the fact that he would not stop running, and that the adults in his life were not as adamant as I was that all running be immediately stopped, means we all failed. Read More
Who is in charge?

With statistics and trends over the last 20 years pointing towards an increase in overuse injuries among kids who are playing sports, the obvious next step is to determine the causes and then do everything possible to reverse the trend. Pinpointing the exact cause will be difficult, while the answer is simple.  Read More
aggressive sports trainingThe act of continually putting kids through year-round aggressive training is not the right approach, and it has not been the right approach for the past 2 decades.Landis and Armstrong Part 2
What troubles me more than whether or not Lance Armstrong doped, along with what appears to be the entire cycling world, is the affect of these accusations on the thousands of people around the world fighting cancer. For these people, the Tour was not merely about a bunch of people trying to be the fastest to the finish line, but life and the inspiration to live. This is not a game for the individual who is fighting cancer. Read More
Landis and Armstrong Part 1
An admitted cheater wanting to clear his name by bringing down the rest of his competitors is either committing the ultimate act of selfishness or falling on the sword to do what he considers best for the fans and the sport of cycling. While Landis might feel good now about his admissions, how do the fans of cycling feel? What about the fans of Lance Armstrong, who are not only sports fans, but also cancer survivors? Read More
5 Napkin BurgerSimply stated: "With discipline comes freedom".Time in the doctors' officeWhy spend time in a doctors' office if many of the reasons for going can be prevented?Habits
Those of us willing to change or reshape our bad habits will move forward in all aspects of life - personally, professionally and athletically. Read More
Success begins with internal desire
As I soon discovered, the real challenge was not his physical fitness and strength, but his desire to live and to make the best of his remaining life. Read More
Developing Your Skill - Lessons from a Violinist
During a sporting event, have you ever let your mind wander beyond the competition to observe the pure skill being displayed on the playing field?  Read More
Federer
Can Federer return to the top of the ATP rankings?
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What are the things that could drive your life energy?
In my previous blog relating to diet and exercise, I ended with a handful of questions that I will start to address in this blog. Read More
Exercise and Weight Loss
In 1979, my exercise physiology professor told me that, under normal circumstances, weight loss was a matter of calories in versus calories out. Fast forward 31 years; things have not changed. Read More
Champions
Champions are those individuals who win and win and win. They win throughout the season... Read More
The Champion's Way
After reading "The Champion's Way" coaches of youth sport, beginners, elite and professional athletes will be able to better serve the individuals and teams that they are coaching. Read More

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Senator Graham - Let the athletes play the games

Senator Lindsey Graham's suggestion that we consider an Olympic boycott because of the Edward Snowden affair is wrong. Using athletes and sport to make a point on the stage of world politics is not the right approach.
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ACSM 2013

If you are exercising 4-5 days per week and doing a minimum of 30-60 minutes of aerobic exercise per workout you are receiving basic health benefits. Even better, if you are combining strength training with your workouts. 
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Sergio and Tiger

Sergio Garcia is an extremely talented golfer with a colorful personality, but perhaps he should stop talking. While outspokenness may be part of his personality, it is distracting him from playing his best golf. This is not to say that he should stop being himself, but it is time to let his golf do the talking. Read More

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Senator Graham - Let the athletes play the games

Senator Lindsey Graham's suggestion that we consider an Olympic boycott because of the Edward Snowden affair is wrong. Using athletes and sport to make a point on the stage of world politics is not the right approach.
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Sergio and Tiger

Sergio Garcia is an extremely talented golfer with a colorful personality, but perhaps he should stop talking. While outspokenness may be part of his personality, it is distracting him from playing his best golf. This is not to say that he should stop being himself, but it is time to let his golf do the talking. Read More
Tiger Woods

As champions and truly successful people believe, the past is past. Learn from your mistakes and move forward. Do not dwell on the past.
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The Champion's Way

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"Why winning is important and what makes a winner, are revealed in The Champions Way."
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About

The Champion's Way is based on my doctoral dissertation that was developed after serving as a conditioning coach for the U.S.Ski Team.
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