Nort: The Mind has most powerful impact on performance

by Katrina Radke 0

January 17th, 2013 News

Katrina Radke (Dear Katrina) talks with Nort Thornton, Olympic Coach, and legend, about the mental game.  This part of our conversation shares great wisdom on what makes people great, as well as some good books.

I personally remember him always sharing new audio tapes (yes, audio tapes was what was around in the 80s :)) with the swim team, to enhance performance.

Tips: watch others to learn how to be your personal best, appreciate your effort (vs. talent), study the best in different fields to see how they did it, fake it til you make it, and more.

Additionally,  Katrina’s book shares many peak performance tips and exercises to help the athlete.

Nort Thornton’s successes are numerous: He has been a long-time Cal Men’s Head Coach (now Head Coach Emeritus with Head Coach Dave Durden and Yuri Suguiyama, Assistant Coach, and coach to Olympic Gold Medalist and American Record Holder, Katie Ledecky), won several NCAA Championship titles as a coach at Cal Berkeley, coached about sixty Olympians, and the most impressive: He has been coaching almost sixty years!

To check out the first of several interviews that Katrina did with Nort Thornton:

Katrina Radke is an Olympic Swimmer, Sport Psychology Professor, Motivational Speaker, Health and Peak Potential Expert, and Coach. She is also a Bestselling Author of Be Your Best Without the Stress. Want to connect with her?,,

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About Katrina Radke

Katrina Radke, MFT, is an internationally recognized Olympian, therapist, college psychology instructor, and a peak performance and health coach for many fields, including business, sport psychology, fitness, wellness and nutrition. She is a motivational speaker for corporate, educational and public events, and works with top physicians and health professionals. She …

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