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.