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CASE STUDY: Jeff Pain, Becoming a World Champion --
and Beyond

Jeff Pain

Pain Sees Career Gain in Playing Team Game

Jeff Pain was not a total jerk before he met Richard Monette, but then he wasn’t the most popular slider on the World Cup Skeleton Circuit either…

Thus begins an article published in the The National Post, Feb 2, 2006. The article continues, explaining how Jeff, after winning his first world championship in 2003, injured his ankle in 2004. The forced time off the track allowed him to reflect on his career. Jeff realized that while successful on the track, that he wasn’t particularly well-liked by his teammates. He decided to change this. Working closely with Richard, Jeff altered his ways by setting one of his goals as "becoming a great teammate.”

Human Competencies Leverage Technical Performance

In his focused effort to improve himself and his team, Jeff demonstrated one of the fundamental concepts in Richard’s approach: Enhancing intangible components, i.e. “becoming a better teammate,” usually leads to enhanced technical proficiency. By improving himself, Jeff both improved his performance on the track and also contributed significantly to enhancing the overall atmosphere within the Canadian Skeleton team.

In 2005 Jeff became World Champion for the second time and also won the overall World Cup Crown. His teammate Duff Gibson won a Bronze medal at the world championships.
Jeff Pain

In 2006 Jeff won his second consecutive World Cup Crown. As well, the team achieved incredible results at the 2006 Olympic games in Turin, Italy, where Duff Gibson won the gold, Jeff the silver, and Paul Bohn came in fourth place.

Jeff Pain and teammates

Onward to Vancouver 2010
Jeff continues to retain Richard as his sport psychology consultant as he prepares for the 2010 Olympics, taking place in Vancouver, Canada. See Pain Learns to Have Fun Again (pdf) for a look at Jeff's current challenges.