What makes an Olympian?
Muhammad Ali said: “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

Factors rated from 1 to 5 – One is not impactful but nice or an undesirable trait and 5 being nearly mandatory

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PERSONALITY TRAITS
Seriousness/Commitment
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Maturity
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Cheerful/Happy
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Not fussed or easily excited - Uber Calm
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Character
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Sincere/Caring
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Respectful
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Working for something bigger than themselves
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Selfish
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Humble
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Genuine love of sailing
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Prideful confidence
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Silent confidence
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Super competitive internally
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Super competitive externally
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Patient
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Hungry - super motivated - urgent
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Introverted
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Extroverted
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Comments on personality traits needed of Olympic Sailors:
WORK ETHIC
Personal Discipline
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Internal Fire
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Strong coaches who push them
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Work hard, play hard (high energy)
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First at the gym, last at the boat park
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Comments on work ethic traits needed of Olympic Sailors:
ORGANIZATION
Completely unorganized
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Space cadet, eg thinking outside the box
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Relaxed, makes it look easy, no outward stress, little organization but stuff seems to happen
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Maximum attention to detail, very organized
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Comments on the organization of Olympic Sailors:
STRESS MANAGEMENT PROFILE
Consistently performs under pressure
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Uses coping techniques like yoga/meditation
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Preparation and uses visualization for stress management
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On the edge of brilliance and breakdown
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Comments on stress management of Olympic Sailors:
LEARNING STYLE
Fast learner but maybe too quick to jump
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Methodical but slow learner
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Visual, hands-on, learn by doing
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Comments on learning style traits of Olympic Sailors:
TECHNICAL SKILLS
Engineering mind
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Artistic talent
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Ability to communicated technical issues
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Ability to fix and adjust on the fly/water
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Ability to feel and "just know"
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Judge/Umpire/Rules Guru Skills and/or Training
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Grasp of technical rules (pushing the boat setup to the edge of its limits but not over)
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Sailmaking/Sail Shape/Sail Trim
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Rig tune concepts
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Innovative
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Mad math skills
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Physics knowledge
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Media & PR Skills (see "money" section below)
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Social Skills
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Comments on technical skills needed of Olympic Sailors:
SAILING EDUCATION
Junior Sailing at a top program
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Sailing with family as a kid but late starter to racing
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Opti travel team importance
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Early coaching - private or high level
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Success in racing U-14 (eg Optis)
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Non-traditional sailing
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Crossover from other sports
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Strong role model in sports
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One boat the entire time (pick early and stick with it)
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Cross fleet experience - different levels and different types
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Comments on sailing education required to be an Olympic Sailor:
PHYSICAL
Height/weight fits class norms
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Body fat of 10% or less
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Natural talent (vs trained)
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Unique body proportion (long arms vs shorts arms, etc)
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Flexibility
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Agility
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Comments on physical factors to be an Olympic Sailor:
LIFESTYLE
Young
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Single
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In a relationship - proving support
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Married
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Kids/elderly parents (Male)
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Kids/elderly parents (Female)
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Comments on lifestyle factors to be an Olympic Sailor:
MONEY
Plenty of money
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Enough money (eg can cover personal life, just not campaign costs)
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Barely able to get by but willing to work cleaning boats to fund campaign
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No money but huge talent
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