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Angie Fifer on PBS NewsHour, speaks to pressure on Simone Biles, other pro athletes

July 29, 2021 in

Intense Performance Pressure Faced by Pro Athletes

Simone Biles’s decision not to compete in her team’s Olympic competition stunned the world.

HigherEchelon program manager and high performance consultant Angie Fifer, PhD speaks with PBS NewsHour’s John Yang about the significant mental pressure facing Simone and other professional athletes, drawing on her expertise as a mental performance consultant and former gymnast.

“The way to think about it is, imagine if you went to the office and everybody watched every move you made and made sure that every single thing that you did all day long was perfect. And that’s the pressure they felt coming into these Games,” Fifer said.

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