C-10 Podcast: Phil Mahre, Ep. 80


This month’s “C” word, Confidence, and this week’s guest go hand in hand. As a gold medalist and former professional athlete in a sport where the difference between winning and losing can be less than one-tenth of a second, confidence has to be there.

In the C You In The Major Leagues vernacular, Confidence means someone who accepts constructive criticism, will try something new, has a positive attitude, and views self as a winner.

For about a decade in the 1970s and ‘80s, Phil Mahre was one of the best alpine skiers in the world. In fact, he won 27 World Cup races during his career, which puts him fourth all-time among American skiers. And he won the overall World Cup title three consecutive years, 1981-83. Oh, and he won two Olympic medals — a silver at Lake Placid in 1980 and a gold at the ‘84 Games in Sarajevo. (Maybe it’s appropriate that this is episode 80 of the C-10 Podcast.)

With the Olympics ending a few weeks ago and the World Cup skiing season ending a few days ago, we thought the timing was perfect to have him on.

Mahre talks about his motivation in winning a gold medal in 1984, why he retired at 26, why breaking his leg (twice) was good for him, he takes a swing at our pregame batting practice, and much more.

Joining host Matt Fulks this week are C-10 Curriculum Chair Max Utsler and C-10 student, Dawson.


Here’s a great video from the ’84 Olympics, featuring Mahre’s slalom run and, around the 2:45 mark, a feature that ABC did on Mahre. You can see that here.

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