Steve Peters goes from world-record sprinter to World Cup shrink

What’s the biggest pressure cooker in sports? If not the Olympics or Super Bowl, try the World Cup soccer tournament. And who can help you cope under the strain? In Britain, it’s Dr. Steven Peters, the perennial shrink to the stars. He’s famed for helping the UK cycling team grab Olympic hardware. Now we learn that Steve is tapped to help the Brits prepare for Brazil 2014. This report is a good summary, which quotes an adviser to England manager Roy Hodgson as saying: “Steve Peters can’t help you to do a Cruyff turn better or hit a 40-yard pass any more accurately than you can do it. Steve Peters is not going to help the players run an extra 100 or 200 metres or make them any quicker, although he is a sprinter himself, but what I can guarantee, if the players buy into it, he will be able to help them with mental preparation and make them understand how the mind works, especially when you are going into pressure situations.” Good on you, Steve!

Steve and friend Hazel Barker relax at Lahti worlds on the 2009 Rest Day.

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March 5, 2014

5 Responses

  1. Stefan Waltermann - March 5, 2014

    If the English National Soccer team beats Germany in penalty kicks and Dr. Peters gets the credit, he will get knighted faster than Mick Jagger!

  2. ventsi - March 6, 2014

    Stefan, you hit the nail :-)!
    One sentence says it all.
    About Peters’ work with the UK cyclists:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tomfordyce/2009/10/the_man_behind_the_medals.html (link quoted first by Ken on this website)
    He knows his job.

  3. Roger Pierce - March 6, 2014

    Steven is a class act all the way, and an awesome sprinter.

  4. Roger Pierce - March 6, 2014

    Steven is an awesome sprinter and a Class act.

  5. Anthony Treacher - March 6, 2014

    Stefan. Good try. But the possibility of Steve Peters being knighted is remote. One, the British Establishment looks down on soccer. Two, Steve is a Northener. He has the wrong accent. Yes, quite.

    What? What? My claim to fame in this Steve Peters/Mick Jagger context is that I was at the LSE as a contemporary of Mick Jagger. More important, one of the dirty cups (and that little scrap of sugar wrapping paper) on Steve Peter’s table at 2009 WMA Lahti, belonged to me.

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