He watches. He learns.
From this day forward, I stick my landings.
There will be no big steps, or even small steps, on my landings. And certainly no hops. From now on, where I land is where I stand.
I will never lose my grip. Even if it means putting a pound of powder on my hands, and on everything I expect to touch, I will never lose my grip -- except when I have to demonstrate my release skills. Then I will loosen my grip, but only temporarily, and it will be deliberate, and the judges will know the difference.
I will have a great feel for the wall. Even when my goggles fill with water and my vision is clouded, I will have a great feel for the wall. Almost a sixth sense.
I will constantly show the kind of competitor I am.
My actions will make statements.
I will never sit down on the horse.
I will not touch the net, or step outside the lines, or allow my concentration to falter, not even for a moment.
I will remain vigilant against needless deductions, and recognize that in all I do, every tenth counts.
I will put the ball in play.
To ease my path through life's roughest patches, I will wear clothing without seams.
I will maintain my positions for at least two seconds.
I will live by the credo that the last impression is the lasting impression.
If obliged to bear a country's dreams on my young shoulders, I will not complain. Even when the burden on my young shoulders must be unbelievable, I will stay focused on the task at hand.
I will make my country proud.
I will have a warm-down routine.
I won't bend my elbows.
From this day forward, I will try to be perfectly synchronized with someone. Our movements will be identical, and as we reach our target, we will avoid over-rotating. Neither will we make a splash.
I will understand both the risks and the rewards of a high start value, and I will seek to achieve a sustainable balance between the two.
I will prepare myself to walk through doors that suddenly open to me.
I will keep my feet together. (But not while I'm walking through doors.)
I will rise to the occasion.
I will turn it up a notch.
I will be back with more, right after this.
Last updated: 10:00 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012