Contemporary sport psychology by Rhea Richards

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Thus, in this chapter I will address the role of the favorite, its challenges, benefits and pitfalls in the prism of the Olympic Games and at the Olympic trials and how to psychologically prepare for this role. While the Olympic Games is a unique environment, the psychology of the favorite obviously also might manifest itself in other major competitions, such as the World Cup Soccer, Track & Field World Championships, so perhaps some of the thoughts expressed in this chapter will also be of interest to sport psychologists working with favorites in other major sporting events.

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