May 27, 2008

Athlete Tries Hypnotism in Quest for Olympic Gold.: U.S. shot-putter Adam Nelson, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, is willing to try anything legal to win gold at this summer's games in Beijing. Even the occasional "deep and profound sensory comprehensive subconscious power experience."

posted by BoKnows to other at 04:25 PM - 5 comments

Yeah, but it couldn't hurt.

posted by steelergirl at 09:25 PM on May 28, 2008

The most powerful weapon any person has, athlete or not, is their mind. If you can do something that doesn't violate the IOC rules that can help you focus on the task at hand better, then that just might help. I seriously doubt we're talking about some guy in a tweed coat and a swinging pocket watch convincing you to cluck like a chicken every time the phone rings. This is a rather more serious thing, and really, honestly, if the only harm is nordin telling me that I'm stupid (though if he's going to call someone stupid, he might want to clean up his punctuation and sentence structure a bit), then I might work it into my program myself. nordin, I've tried hypnosis, and I can see how it might benefit an Olympic athlete. Does that make me stupid?

posted by chicobangs at 04:19 PM on May 29, 2008

Agreed chico, I can't imagine many scenarios that would indicate that hypnosis would be counter-productive for an athlete. (Unless they use the service you mentioned above.) Whether it's hypnosis in the traditional sense (Comfy sofa, pocket watch, etc...), or just a batter getting "in the zone", the control over the mind seems important in every sport/competition. I hope it works out for Adam Nelson and I hope he can bring home a gold medal, that surely, would not be stupid.

posted by BoKnows at 04:39 PM on May 29, 2008

I think nordin is right. I'm not calling anyone stupid though.

posted by fella1994 at 01:07 PM on May 30, 2008

I think nordin is right. I'm not calling anyone stupid though. Figures you'd agree with nordin. You two have nearly the same email address.

posted by goddam at 02:49 PM on May 30, 2008

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