When Tragedy Strikes
Canadian Sport Institute Calgary – During the two-hour drive out to Lake Louise, Frank van den Berg had some time to prepare himself for the difficult job that lay ahead.
The CSI Calgary Director of Mental Performance took that time to think about how he would approach the response and management of a rapidly unfolding tragedy – the death of a young German skier, Max Burkhart, after a horrific crash during a downhill training run at the Nor-Am Cup in December.
“I wanted to be focused and organized” says Van Den Berg. Being organized would be critical.” That presence of mind was achieved not by chance, but by a high degree of preparation for those unfortunate moments when sport and catastrophe clash.
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Written by Kristina Groves: @kngrover
Photo by: Dave Holland @csicalgaryphoto