Noah Olsen, 6x CrossFit Games Veteran, was always known for his amazing skill capacity but also to crash and burn at EVERY big opportunity. He has always done well at the Games and even wore the Leaders Jersey in his 1st season for a quick bit. But There was always an event that ended being the turning point for him and it was always down. He wouldn't just have a bad workout. He would mentally lose it. You could see it in his face as if his chances of winning or being on the podium were literally (and they actually were) slipping right out of his fingers and the look of shock would be all over his face. He always placed well, but just couldn't make it to the top. I talked to him last year after the Games where he had a chain come off on the Bike Crit event and a complete fatigue blowup in the Bicouplet 2 event and ended him up in 6th overall which was worse than his 4th place finish the year before and asked him how he felt. He told me he was just enjoying the experience and was grateful for the chance to be there, etc. It seemed a little scripted honestly but he really tried to be sincere. This year he came out, got himself to the top of the leaderboard behind Champ Matt Fraser, and then even passed by him for the overall lead where he held it until the second to the last event. Everyone was waiting for an epic fail to drop him out of the spotlight but it didn't happen. He showed a composure I have never seen with him before. The difference is that he was not competing to win. He was competing to DO HIS BEST and enjoy the whole thing. He may have been faking his speech to us last year, but this year it showed that it was real. Because he was enjoying the opportunity to compete, his expectations had nothing to do with the result but just on his performance, and he didn't get overly caught up in the "race", he was able to reach his FLOW state. This is where his mind and body were able to work together at its highest capacity without it feeling like they were working at all. The switch all came from not worrying about the result but by focusing on the love of doing it and doing his best. I used to think that "doing your best" was a cop-out. I think people use it as such, but when it's your true drive, then great things will come from it! Noah ended placing 2nd in the World, his highest place ever. He never once worried or "tried" to win. He just did his best! :)
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