Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Vincent Hancock After His Gold Medal Winning Shot in London
You may be asking yourself, what does it take to win the Gold? Here at the 33 Method Mental Training and Performance Coaching, we know exactly what it takes to win gold, mental preparation! The athletes that are the most mentally prepared will perform the best under pressure. Olympic athletes train their entire lives for this one particular competition, everything else they have accomplished has simply been a stepping stone to get them to this point in time when they are competing in the Olympics. Every single Olympic athlete comes with one goal in mind and that is to get on the podium. We send each and every one of our athletes both Olympic and professional into competition with the expectation that they will win! This “expectation of success” actually programs the mind to achieve success and accept nothing less.
The level of talent and skill at the Olympics is higher than any other competition in the world, there is a less than 1/2 of 1% variation between the skill levels of these athletes in any particular sport. You have to be that good just to get here. The single factor that will set the Gold Medalist apart from everyone else is their mental game. A lot of people talk about having a mental edge or being mentally tough and getting in the zone but it is not something that happens by luck or by chance, it is something you have to work at diligently.
Our athletes train their brain with just as much precision as they train their bodies. We have developed a unique mental training system that incorporates hypnosis, nlp, visualization, imagery and brain wave technology. The end result is the ultimate system of mental preparation. Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Vincent Hancock refers to Dan Vitchoff’s 33 Method Mental Training System as fuel for your brain, it’s like when you put gas in a car, what do you want to put in it? premium or regular? Premium, of course! The 33 Method is “Premium” or “High Test” fuel for your brain!
The 33 Method Mental Training System will help you build confidence, eliminate distractions, overcome mental blocks, break through the glass ceiling and take your game to the next level. As competition in Sochi continues we will be blogging with news and updates and discussing the key components of mental training and what it takes to win a Gold Medal! Keep checking back for more on Sochi 2014…
LONDON — The secret to USA Shooting’s success sat in a small office in Pittsburgh’s North Hills two weeks ago, awaiting transport across the pond.
The object in question would be picked up just off Perry Highway in Warrendale, lifted into a large crate and eventually shuffled through customs in the United Kingdom.
There, Dan Vitchoff, thousands of miles away from the Pennsylvania Hypnosis Center where he spends most of his waking hours, would be ready to receive his creation and begin putting it to good use.
To Vitchoff’s relief, the “Mind Gym” made it safe and sound. What a journey it has been for him and his hulking black leather chair. There was Beijing, where in 2008 Vitchoff’s mental training methods were used by Team USA shooters Glenn Eller and Vincent Hancock, who won gold medals. Then there were the athletes from other sports who needed Vitchoff’s help cleaning out their cluttered minds. Then came the hundreds of non-athletes who couldn’t stop smoking or overeating.
A local man who is a certified hypnotherapist in Pittsburgh has been working with the United States shooting team.
Dan Vitchoff is accompanying the team to London and said his main focus is the adrenaline and nervous energy that comes along with participating in the Olympic Games.
“Their goal is that they have to shoot, and they have to see the target and stay on the target and perform at [a] very high level. What I want to do is train their brain to go out and do that like it’s natural,” Vitchoff said.
Daniel S. (Dan) Vitchoff knows exactly where he will be July 22 to August 12.
Vitchoff will be at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London with the United States Shooting Team.
“Our bags are packed, the tickets are ready and we’re set to go,” said Vitchoff, a 1978 graduate of California Area High School. “I’m definitely looking forward to the Games, the excitement of the competition and the overall experiences of the Olympics.”
Vitchoff, a certified hypnotherapist, is no stranger to the Olympics.
“When shooters start out, it’s about 90 percent physical,” U.S. Olympic team member Josh Richmond said. “When they become a competitive shooter, it becomes 90 or 95 percent mental.”
That’s where Dan Vitchoff comes in. A hypnotherapist from the North Hills, he is the team psychologist for USA Shooting, the sport’s national governing body. He began working with gold medalists Vince Hancock and Glenn Eller before and during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and has expanded his clientele for the 2012 games in London.