Report from Dan Vitchoff 2008 Summer Olympics Wed, Aug 20, 2008 10:30 am

Inside the Olympic Village, Beijing, China

Corey Cogdell, U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist in Wommen's Trap from Eagle River, Alaska appeared on NBC's "Today Show" this morning with host Meredith Vieira. Corey gave Meredith and "Today Show" viewers an inside look at the Olympic Village in Beijing, China where over 1600 Olympic Athletes live during the course of the Olympics. Corey Cogdell, member of the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team won the bronze medal under intense pressure in a four way shoot-out for the bronze. Corey's "Insider" tour of the Olympic Village took viewers inside the apartment that she shared with 3 other athletes. All of the athletes received pictures that were hand made by Chinese school children for them to take home. The Olympic Village is complete with a full service hair salon which is complementary to the Olympic Athletes and of course plenty of places to shop for some of the best souvenirs in Beijing. Common areas for the U.S. Olympic Athletes are decorated with pictures of Gold Medal winners from the 2008 Summer Olympics such as Michael Phelps, Walton Glenn Eller, and Vincent Hancock. Common areas also include access to a massage therapist to help relieve some of the aches and pains that go along with being an Olympic Athlete.




Report from Dan Vitchoff 2008 Summer Olympics Sat, Aug 16, 2008 10:30 am

Vincent Hancock, of Eatonton, GA won the Gold Medal in Men's Skeet at the 2008 Summer Olympics. By his own admission, nineteen year old Vincent Hancock has a tendency towards being nervous and jittery, but on Saturday August 16, 2008 he was able to take that nervous energy and redirect it into a Gold Medal Win in Men's Skeet at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Hancock remained cool and confident during an intense shoot out with Norway's Tore Borvold. After the final series Hancock and Borvold were tied for first; Borvold cracked under pressure and missed one of his targets. While his opponent was sweating bullets, Hancock kept his composure and hit both of his targets with ease to win the gold medal.



Report from Dan Vitchoff 2008 Summer Olympics Fri, Aug 15, 2008 4:02 am

Men's Skeet Qualification - Day 1

After the first day of the Men's Qualification, Vincent Hancock, member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is currently in First Place with a total score of 73. Four other shooters are currently tied for Second Place with a total score of 72. The skies were clear and visibility was good; Vinny remained focused and confident throughout the competition. Day 2 of the Men's Skeet Qualification and the Finals will be held tomorrow.




Report from Dan Vitchoff 2008 Summer Olympics Thu, Aug 14, 2008 11:03 am

Vincent Hancock Preparing for Competition

The last couple of days have been overcast and rainy here in Beijing, China. Vincent Hancock, native of Eastonton, GA and member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will be competing in Men's Skeet tomorrow morning. Family is very important to Vinny so he took some time out from his busy practice schedule to spend time with his mom, dad, and new wife, Rebekah. Nineteen year old Vincent Hancock recently won the Gold Medal at the World Cup in Suhl, Germany and is looking forward to competing in his first Olympic Games. He is feeling very confident and focused.




Report from Dan Vitchoff 2008 Summer Olympics Thu, Aug 14, 2008 06:21 am

Congratulations to Kimberly Rhode, who won the Silver Medal in Women's Skeet at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, China. Kim is now a Four Time Olympic Medalist; she won the Gold Medal in Women's Double Trap in 1996 and 2004 and the Bronze Medal in Women's Double Trap in 2000. After the 2004 Olympic Games, the Olympic Committee removed Women's Double Trap from the Olympics and Kim decided to make the switch from Double Trap to Skeet. After the final round it came down to a three way shoot out and Kim performed extremely well under pressure despite poor visibility and weather. It rained on and off throughout the entire competition with the rain intensifying near the end of the finals during the shoot out.



Report from Dan Vitchoff 2008 Summer Olympics Tue, Aug 12, 2008 03:48 am

Congratulations to Corey Cogdell, who won the Bronze in Women's Trap under intense pressure by hitting 21 targets in the finals to set an Olympic Record. She struggled a little bit in the beginning but finished strong to force a shoot out. Four women tied for third place and the first three shot and missed. Corey took some time to calm herself down and focus and concentrate before hitting her target to claim her medal. Corey said that she was actually quite relaxed during the finals which goes to show exactly how important mental training and preparation is. "The 33 Method" Performance Coaching Techniques help athletes and business executives remain calm, confident and focused under pressure. Our next event is tomorrow and we are looking forward to another fine performance by our athletes.



Report from Dan Vitchoff 2008 Summer Olympics Mon, Aug 11, 2008 08:27 am

Congratulations to Corey Cogdell, who won the Bronze in Women's Trap under intense pressure by hitting 21 targets in the finals to set an Olympic Record. She struggled a little bit in the beginning but finished strong to force a shoot out. Four women tied for third place and the first three shot and missed. Corey took some time to calm herself down and focus and concentrate before hitting her target to claim her medal. Corey said that she was actually quite relaxed during the finals which goes to show exactly how important mental training and preparation is. "The 33 Method" Performance Coaching Techniques help athletes and business executives remain calm, confident and focused under pressure. Our next event is tomorrow and we are looking forward to another fine performance by our athletes.



The "33 Method" Structure Mon, Aug 11, 2008 06:51 am

As the 2008 Olympic competitions get underway, the athletes focus on "Perfect Practice," utilizing the Mental Training Techniques from "The 33 Method." Their goal is to remain confident and focused throughout the competition and compete at peak performance. The techniques that make up "The 33 Method" are building blocks for a "Structure of Excellence" that not only applies to athletic performance but corporate performance as well. Similar to Olympic Athletes, high level executives and successful salespeople are highly motivated, detail oriented and hold themselves to high expectations. Beijing, China has become known for it's Corporate Excellence and a perfect example is Michael Lucas, General Manager of the Mercure Wangshang, Beijing. Michael is the epitome of excellence in customer service and hospitality; he has exceeded expectations and made special arrangements for guests of his hotel during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. A staff that speaks English and a 24 hour hotline that guests of the hotel can call when they need a translator are just two of the special accomodations that Michael Lucas has made in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. I'm sure that you remember the cereal commercials that say, " Mikey likes it, he'll eat anything; we have our own version of that saying now which is, "Ask Mikey, he can get you anything." This is the kind of Corporate Excellence that can be achieved with, "The 33 Method Executive Performance Coaching."



Focus and the Olympics Fri, Aug 8, 2008 05:10 am

The guys had a great practice yesterday; Vinny was shooting his round at the same time that they were practicing the medal ceremony and they started playing the National Anthem right in the middle of his round. He was able to remain focused and shot 24 of 25. We are getting more practice time at the range than we expected and the guys seem to be really on.We landed in Beijing, China earlier today for the 2008 Summer Olympics. I have been working and traveling with Vincent Hancock, Jeff Holguin, Glenn Eller and Darryl Szarenski, members of the US Olympic Shooting team. The air quality is reminiscent of Pittsburgh or Clairton years ago. The city of Beijing is very safe and clean and the people have been very friendly and welcoming. The athletes are happy to have arrived safely in Beijing and are honored to be representing the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.



Land in Beijing Thu, Aug 7, 2008 05:41 am

We landed in Beijing, China earlier today for the 2008 Summer Olympics. I have been working and traveling with Vincent Hancock, Jeff Holguin, Glenn Eller and Darryl Szarenski, members of the US Olympic Shooting team. The air quality is reminiscent of Pittsburgh or Clairton years ago. The city of Beijing is very safe and clean and the people have been very friendly and welcoming. The athletes are happy to have arrived safely in Beijing and are honored to be representing the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.



South Korea Mon, Aug 4, 2008 08:37 pm

We are currently in South Korea preparing for the Olympic Games. As we made the trip which was approximately 20 hours of travel time, we focused on staying hydrated and trying to stay relaxed. We used the first day to relax and adjust to the time difference. The second day we started to train again and it was mainly just an opportunity for the athletes to get a feel for the gun and the range. We are operating on approximately a 12 hour time difference from what we're used to so if the athletes are out at 3:00 in the afternoon their "Internal Body Clocks" can make it feel like they're shooting at 3:00 in the morning. After the third day we finally started feeling more like ourselves. South Korea is a beautiful country and the people here have been so friendly. The hotel is wonderful and the staff is very accomodating. We're looking forward to moving onto Beijing later this week.

Dan Vitchoff




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