One of the things that fascinated me most about our behind-the-scenes view of the Olympics was the opportunity to observe the personalities.
Four man bobsleigh would, at first glance, appear to be all about testosterone and adrenaline - lots of manly shouting and hype at the start, enormous bulging muscles (I might have an eye candy Friday devoted to that) propelling the sled down that first sprint - one could easily assume the sport is driven by aggression and glory.
And yet, the three teams who stood on the podium were piloted by three remarkably similar men: Steve Holcomb (far right) of the US,
the legendary Andre Lange of Germany,
and Canada's own Lyndon Rush.
All three are extremely low key, affable, baby-faced teddy-bear types; beloved by their team-mates for their selflessness and leadership qualities. Like many competitors, all three had disappointing runs at various points in the two and four man competitions, but what set them apart was their reaction. Although disappointed, they didn't get angry, throw equipment or yell at the track crew; didn't blame the weather, the track, the circumstances, or anything else external. What they did do was to carefully analyze what went wrong, make a plan, stay focused, and carry it out.
It paid off: