Bob Beamon came down for a landing in the pit during the long-jump competition
in the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City he had not only obliterated
the long-jump record by almost two feet, he had jumped one foot, ten
inches further than his own personal best. "Compared to this jump,
we are like children," said the previous record holder, a Soviet
jumper. Bob Beamon was in the zone; that elusive, ineffable state of
grace where astonishing things can happen to even the most ordinary
what, just exactly, is this zone? Is it the province of elite athletes
only, does it just happen, or can anyone train themselves to get there?
In this edition of Body & Soul
we talk to some people who've either been in the zone themselves or
been witness to its sublime effects.
Phil Jackson, the former coach of the Chicago Bulls, and George Mumford,
the sports psychologist he worked with enroute to the Bull's six NBA
You will also hear from writer Craig Lambert about the nature of swing.
No, not the music, but the term used by rowers to describe that moment
of magic when a perfectly synced crew makes a boat fly over the water.
And finally, some other tales of being in the zone and a few pointers
on how to maximize your chances of getting there.
here to view the previous program