Mind Games is a brilliant exposition of some of the basic psychological drives behind sport. Annie's sporting experience at elite level gives her insight and credibility, allowing her to present sport in a different light, making it accessible to the non-sporting general public.Annie Vernon is a former Olympic rower. She was a full-time athlete for eight years and in that time competed in six World Championships and two Olympic Games. She won gold at the 2007 and 2010 World Championships and silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Annie retired from elite sport in 2012 and is now a sports journalist and corporate speaker, regularly contributing to BBC Sport, The Times, Guardian, Sunday Times and Rowing & Regatta. She lives in Cornwall.***WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2020 - GENERAL OUTSTANDING SPORTS WRITING*** 'Loved it. I would recommend it to all of you.' BBC 5 Live, Jazmin Sawyers 'Mind Games is accessible to anyone who wants to delve into the mind of some of the world's sporting greats, and gain an insight into how they have dealt with issues such as pressure, success, failure and injury ...' Chrissie Wellington OBE It's well known that to reach the top in elite sport, you need to have spent years honing and perfecting your physical ability. However this is only part of the template required to win - the other half is about mind games. Throughout her career as one of the world's top athletes, Annie Vernon struggled with existential questions about the purpose of sport in our comfortable, first-world society: Why do we do it? What is it in our psyche that makes us push ourselves to the limit? What allows us to mentally overcome the physical pain? Now retired from competition, Olympic silver medallist and world champion rower Annie Vernon has decided to look for answers to these questions. Drawing on her personal experiences and interviews with some of the best coaches, athletes and psychologists from across the world of sport - including Lucy Gossage, Dave Scott, Katherine Grainger, Matthew Pinsent, Brian Moore, Brian Ching and Dr Steve Peters - Annie discovers the secrets of how athletes train their brains in order to become world beaters. Annie debunks the myth that elite performers are universally cool, calm and brimming with self-assurance. Through exploring the bits on the inside that nobody can see, Annie instead creates a new understanding of what it takes to be successful in sport and uncovers that, in fact, an elite athlete is not that different from you and me. It's simply a question of mind games.An authoritative exploration of the psychology of elite sport, written by an Olympic silver medallist and respected sports journalist. Introduction: Science, Magic or Voodoo 1. Chickens or Pigs 2. The Penny's Got to Drop 3. Coming to Violence Over Trivial Pursuits 4. Choosing training over Turkey 5. Personalty 6. The Confidence Wand 7. How to be Tarzan, How to be Jane 8. Race Day, the Moment of Truth 9. Becoming a Carrot Farmer 10. ConclusionA tour de force of elite sport, nerves, expectation and pressure from all perspectives.There is no better person to shed light on the fascinating subject of sports psychology than two-timed World Champion, Olympian and talented sports journalist, Annie VernonA fascinating book about the psychology of elite sport. Mind Games explores compelling territory. It asks searching questions about the mentality required to succeed at sport's highest level while mining themes of self-doubt, determination, competitiveness and why "talent needs trauma" to blossom.Loved it. I would recommend it to all of you.I played professional rugby for 13 years and it was amazing to read in Mind Games that the doubts and challenges I felt during that time weren't mine alone - they were shared by my peers across different disciplines. I wish I'd had Mind Games as a reference book during my career as I'm sure it would have made me much stronger to know I wasn't alone in my thinking.As engaging as it is broad-ranging. After reading and thoroughly enjoying Mind Games, I'll look at lots of sports in a quite different way... I highly recommend adding it to your own collection.An amazing book that I very much enjoyed.This book has insight that will be of interest to athletes in all sports and athletics events.