Hold Fast: An Olympic Sailing Podcast

Published on November 11th, 2021

For a couple weeks every four years, sailors in the Olympic Games light up our hearts with stories of triumph and determination. Yet, the larger part of their stories happen in the years of training and preparation in between each Olympics.

The Hold Fast Podcast hosted by Nathan Housberg showcases United States sailors with Olympic experience or aspirations as they share the parts of their journey that don’t typically make it to press.

Here’s a two part session in which Housberg and sports psychologist Dr. Tim Herzog interview 2016 Rio Olympian Joe Morris.

Part 1
Morris got into sailing later than most, but that did not stop him. He dreamt about going to the Olympics and, in college, made lists of teammates who he thought he might attempt it with. But, his first job out of college brought him to Switzerland until he got a call by one of his college friends at just the right moment. He dropped everything and started training in the 49er sailboat with Thomas Barrows towards the Rio 2016 Olympic trials. They were behind from the beginning and a severe shoulder injury six months before the trials did not help their case.

Part 2
In part two, Morris shares how he kept his cool during the Olympic Trials, how he dealt with a tragic loss during his campaign, how adding a sports psychologist to their program was game changing for him, and what happens after you win the Olympic Trials.

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