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Kara Winger has competed 3x in the Olympic games for Team USA as a women's javelin thrower. Her longevity in the sport has spanned over a decade of elite performance and is unmatched in her event. 

Throughout her career in a demanding sport, Kara has learned the skills to THRIVE mentally, physically, and emotionally as she has faced obstacles, adversity, and injury. 

We discuss:

  • When and how Kara knew that her goal was to go to the Olympic games
  • How to have a healthy and vibrant relationship as a pro athlete
  • Finding balance in a lifestyle that demands total dedication
  • Her development as a mental athlete and how to cultivate the mindset of a champion
  • A day-in-the-life of an elite athlete
  • The business of being an elite athlete - sponsor relationships, social media, and how to stay true to yourself while using your platform for the greater good
  • The Olympic games experience from an athletes perspective - from walking in the opening ceremonies, to meeting other high profile athletes, to witnessing history as a fan and spectator 
  • and much more...

I really enjoyed this conversation and could have easily continued chatting with Kara. She's down-to-earth but has the swagger of someone who knows what she's capable of. My key take-aways from our conversation:

  • Focusing on improvement over time vs. other people's goals leads to success and fulfillment
  • Compartmentalizing life and finding balance outside of your primary focus (work, athletics, etc) leads to more focused effort and greater efficiency
  • The importance of communication - with your partner, team, coaches, etc - for breaking through mental barriers and achieving the next level of success

Resources:

Beijing opening ceremony 2008

Kara's Facebook page

Kara's Instagram

Kara's Twitter

Maddie Dog's Instagram

Olympians For Public Lands

Kara's website

Kara's favorite podcasts: TED Radio Hour, Skimm'd from The Couch, Believed



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