VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A sports psychologist who has worked with our Olympic women’s soccer squad says the team must focus on winning bronze and not dwell on losing gold.
The team is still smarting after some questionable officiating and the extra time defeat against the US in the semi-finals. But Dr. Saul Miller says that’s in the past and the women need to move on.
“What I would say to them is it was a great effort, [but] I think the better team didn’t win,” explains Miller. “Now we’re here to win a medal and we’ve got France, who’s a very formidable opponent.”
Miller says it’s a simple formula of life — whatever we run into, either we use it, or it uses us. So now it’s time to use it and for the team to go win a medal.
“We are that good, we’re a gold medal team. It didn’t work out for whatever reason. Now we’ve got to re-focus, hit the reset button and go out there and win a medal in the game on Thursday,” he adds. “[If we] let it use us, and we say ‘It wasn’t fair, we didn’t get the calls, blah, blah, blah,’ that just takes your energy away.”
Canada will face France in the bronze medal game tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. PT.