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He watches. He learns.

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Rick Horowitz
August 14, 2008

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.



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