The rituals they have, their strategies for when the going gets tough.
It doesn’t get much tougher than an Olympic final, when you’re up against the world’s best, in front of millions of spectators worldwide and the hopes of a nation riding on your shoulders.
So how did double Winter Olympic medallist Jamie Anderson cope?
Happy vibes and essential oils.
The 27-year-old snowboarder gave some of her strategies up in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show.
Anderson defended her Olympic title in women’s slopestyle by winning gold in the opening days of the PyeongChang Games, then followed it up a few days later with a silver in the debut of the big air competition.
The oil she referred to is Frankincense.
Ever since she burst on the scene at the 2014 Sochi Games, Anderson has made no secret of her penchant for crystals, meditation, candles, essential oils — basically anything that keeps her chi in order, her chakra in balance and her spirits light.
“Today I brought frankincense and lavender,” Anderson told the Washington Post after her Gold-winning run, which was held in conditions that others blasted as dangerous.
“Frankincense is a tree oil and smells really earthy. When I freak out, I put it on my wrists and the back of my neck and it really does help you just feel a little bit more calm.”
Anderson takes her oils wherever she goes (and if you’re an oil junkie then you’re the same!).
So what’s so good about Frankincense and Lavender? My son would tell you “everything!”.
Frankincense supports every system in your body, for athletes it is useful for its emotional properties and for inflammatory support.
How does it work?
Frankincense can be useful in helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue and has been shown to significantly reduce levels of dangerous and painful inflammation, making it a natural treatment option for pain-related conditions that affect the muscles, joints and tendons. Frankincense is also a strong immune boosting oil.
The doTERRA Frankincense is a blend of resins from four species of Boswellia tree, it is sourced from Somalia, Oman and Ethiopia.
Lavender is best known for its calming properties, but it is also great for skin irritations.
Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits.
In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume.
Its calming and relaxing qualities, when taken internally, continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes.
How does it work?
Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must have oil to have on hand at all times. It has been proven in clinical trials to be as useful as pharmaceutical medicines for anxiety.
One study discovered that the scent of lavender increases the time you spend in deep (slow wave) sleep, though the effects were stronger for women than for men. Other findings suggest that lavender reduces the severity of depression when taken concurrently with an antidepressant.
I already use oils in my training and on race day, but it makes me excited to learn the professionals do too.
I’ll be adding this pair to my race day kit (well, Lavender is already there!).