Olympics 2012: Pressure + Time = Diamonds

Sat down with Alexander Massialas of U.S.A. Fencing. We talked about what it’s like to be a young Olympian. He walked me through his daily routine, which consists of fencing two to three hours a day, every day. And it shows. Since he only uses one arm for fencing, his right arm is bigger than his left.  It’s also longer.  Noticeably longer. Don’t believe me?  Check out the picture.

Alexander is a guy I could really connect with. We both share a favorite band in hip-hop duo Zion I and  love basketball, and his favorite videogame is NBA 2k12.

Another thing the men’s foil champion said that stuck with me was that “pressure separates the good from the great.”

I couldn’t agree more. As the days roll by and the Olympics get closer, the pressure rises. How we as a team handle that pressure will show in the quality and quantity of our work.

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