022: Taylor Phinney: Pro Cyclist

022: Taylor Phinney: Pro Cyclist


Taylor Phinney, an olympic cyclist, recently sacrificed some “skin for glory.” He fractured his leg after crashing his bike at speeds usually reserved for the highway. As with many champion athletes, he found a way to turn adversity to his advantage. The recovery process has pushed his pain threshold that much higher enabling him in turn to push the limits of his endurance. He has learned to trust the struggle as a way to impart valuable lessons on how it can make him that much stronger.


  1. Children should be allowed to find their own way as athletes.
  2. Black Top Effect suggests that athletic talent is a mixture of nature and nurture.
  3. You’ve got to play every day as if you were a pro.

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Searchable Terms: cycling, bike crashes, recovery, pain threshold, olympics, limits, children in sports, black top effect, nature vs nurture

Resources/Mentions: Taylor Phinney http://www.taylorphinney.com/

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