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Post Gazette: Pittsburgh hypnotist helps Team USA shoot straight

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.

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WPXI Video: Local hypnotherapist working with USA shooting team

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.

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Herald Standard: Vitchoff headed to second Summer Olympic Games

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.

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Tribune Review: Mental training boosts Marksmen

Some sports are more of a mind game than others.

“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.

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