Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle win the Tornado Sailing North American Championship Title for the second year in a row!
--Oskar and Kevin access new communication methods to strengthen team --
Biscayne Bay, Miami - From January 29th to February 1st, Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle competed in the prestigious Rowland Smith Trophy, the Tornado Class North American Championship. After four days of competition, finishing (4, 6, 7, 12, 2, DNF, 14, and 15), Oskar and Kevin place first among the North Americans.
Oskar and Kevin had a busy winter qualifying for both the Pan American Games and also the Pre-Olympic event in China. The team realized communication is important in order to make them medal contenders in 2008. They decided to consult the team's sports psychology consultant, Colin Guthrie, to assist in communication.
"During the North Americans we worked very closely with our sports pshycologist Colin Guthrie, I think this is a key element in our program and will produce better results this season", said Kevin.
Colin recognized the importance of communication in the program and set Oskar and Kevin up with recording devices and also filming equipment. This way the team could review the racing after and address communication concerns. Then they could address any pertinent issues with sport psychology techniques.
"The technology still needs some work. Part of this past week was to refine how we take in data. Then determine various processes for improvement in a low stress level environment. And, at the same time, gather important information for our expert coaches", Oskar said.
"Communication is a key element in double handed sailing. Improving the team communication will help Oskar and Kevin achieve their goal of medal performance at the
2008 Olympic Games", said Colin.
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