“The person that said winning isn’t everything, never won anything.” – Mia Hamm
Good morning peeps, meditation done.
Quote for the Day:
“The person that said winning isn’t everything, never won anything.”
Mia Hamm is a retired American professional soccer player and two times Olympic gold medallist and FIFA Women’s World Cup winner. She held the record for international goals, more than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer, until 2013 when fellow American Abby Wambach scored her 159th goal to break the record and Christine Sinclair of Canada passed her in August 2016.
Mia Hamm was named the women’s FIFA World Player of the Year the first two times that award was given (in 2001 and 2002). She is listed as one of FIFA’s 125 best living players (as chosen by Pelé) being one of two women, accompanied by teammate Michelle Akers.
Playing to win and being successful is considered the norm in the states encouraging a ‘success at all costs mentality’, which is really prevalent in sport, entertainment and life in general over there.
Over here the British mentality seems to be more about “It’s the taking part that is important not the winning or losing”
I think this is the reason why we produced a nation of losers for such a long time until recently when an influx of foreign coaches has helped influence our sporting mentality and changed us from losers into winners, look at the success of Team GB in swimming, cycling, athletics and gymnastics in the last two Olympics. This level of success as a nation was unheard of when I was growing up.
Another example of a winning mentality, which stems from hating losing, is the phenomenal success of Andy Murray in 2016 who last night so deservedly won the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Award for a record third time.
Murray, the 2013 and 2015 winner, took Olympic gold, claimed his second Wimbledon title and became tennis’ world number one in a remarkable 2016.
“It’s been a great year for British sport and I am so proud to have been a part of it,” said 29-year-old Murray as he accepted the award from Miami.
It has been a landmark year for Andy Murray
- February 2016: Has first child as wife Kim gives birth to daughter Sophia
- June 2016: Becomes Wimbledon champion for the second time
- August 2016: Defends Olympic singles title in Rio
- November 2016: Replaces Novak Djokovic as world number one
Andy Murray began playing tennis at the age of three when his mother Judy took him to play on the local courts. He played in his first competitive tournament at age five and by the time he was eight he was competing with adults in the Central District Tennis League
Leon Smith, Murray’s tennis coach from 11 to 17, described Murray as “unbelievably competitive”, while Murray attributes his abilities to the motivation gained from losing to his older brother Jamie.
In 1999, at the age of 12, Murray won his age group at the Orange Bowl, a prestigious event for junior players. [He won it again at the age of 14, and is one of only nine tennis players to win the Junior Orange Bowl championship twice in its 70-year history, which list includes Jimmy Connors, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles and Yishai Olie.
He grew up in Dunblane and attended Dunblane Primary School. He and his brother were present during the 1996 Dunblane school massacre, when Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and a teacher before shooting himself; Murray took cover in a classroom. Murray says he was too young to understand what was happening and is reluctant to talk about it in interviews, but in his autobiography Hitting Back he states that he attended a youth group run by Hamilton, and that his mother gave Hamilton lifts in her car
Murray’s parents split up when he was only 10. He believes the impact this had on him could be the reason behind his competitive spirit. At 15, he was asked to train with Rangers Football Club at their School of Excellence, but declined, opting to focus on his tennis career instead.
Not satisfied with the coaching set up in the UK his mother Judy decided to move Andy to Barcelona, Spain. There he studied at the Schiller International School and trained on the clay courts of the Sánchez-Casal Academy, coached by Pato Alvarez. He described this time as “a big sacrifice”, His parents had to find £40,000 to pay for his 18-month stay there.
It is the lifetime of dedication and sheer hard work shown by himself his mother and brother Jamie who is world number one at doubles, coupled with an obvious hatred of losing that has fired the competitive spirit that has seen him become the World’s number one at singles he is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion and the winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.
He was first ranked as British No. 1 on 27 February 2006, and then achieved a top-10 ranking by the ATP for the first time on 16 April 2007. Following his run to winning the 2016 Paris Masters, Murray became world No. 1 on 7 November 2016.
At the 2012 US Open, Murray became the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final. In July 2013, Murray won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first British player to win a Wimbledon senior singles title since Virginia Wade in 1977, and the first British man to win the men’s singles title since Fred Perry, 77 years previously.
In 2016, he won his second Wimbledon title to become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Perry in 1935.
Murray is the men’s singles 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist making him the only tennis player, male or female, to have won two Olympic singles titles.
He featured in Great Britain’s Davis Cup-winning team in 2015, going 11-0 in his matches (8 singles and 3 doubles) as they secured their first Davis Cup title since 1936.
He had the honour of carrying the Great Britain Flag in the Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony this year, which even though he is such a fervent and proud Scot he said, was the proudest moment of his life.
Andy Murray is incredibly fit and pushes himself to the limit in training everyday and on the court. He has a stepper machine at his home, which he goes on until he cannot move a step more and is a regular practitioner of yoga who fully deserves all the accolades he is receiving at the moment for all the honours he has won and he will go down in history as one of the greatest sportsmen in British history for all his achievements in tennis when he has been competing against Federer, Nadal and Djokovic three of the greatest players in the history of the game.
Yoga is so much more than improving peoples health and fitness, it improves the Mind, Body and Soul and as I say regularly Yoga teaches us to deal with failure everyday, through trying to achieve all the different poses or asanas. You may never get to succeed in achieving some of the poses, but the important thing is that you overcome and win your own battles.
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Andy Murray I salute you, you are a natural born winner, who has taken every ounce of his talent and maximised it to it’s full potential to make the whole nation very proud,
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Have a marvellous Monday peeps and a wonderful week
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