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Member Exclusive Speaker Series: Kate Courtney

Outside+ members are invited to a conversation with Courtney ahead of the Tokyo Olympics

Every top-level athlete knows that preparing your mind for a big race is as critical as preparing your body. The mental part of competing plays just as much role in success as the physical side, especially when it comes to recovery.

Kate Courtney, America’s top elite women’s XC racer, is definitely no stranger to the rigors of staying positive and mentally strong through the ups and downs of competing at the sport’s highest level—an aspect that became increasingly important last year when COVID-19 suspended racing and delayed the Tokyo Olympics, for which Courtney qualified in 2019. As part of our Outside Games Speaker Series, we’ll talk to Courtney about the mental hurdles leading up to race day, and the rituals, routines and mantras (hint: Sparkle On!) that keep her at the top of her game.

This conversation and following Q & A with the audience is offered exclusively to Outside+ members, and will be hosted by me, Beta’s editor-in-chief, alongside Fred Dreier, the editor-in-chief of VeloNews. Ruth Winder, the reigning U.S. Road Race Champion, will also join the conversation. For more information, and to reserve your spot, click here. The event will take place virtually on June 16 at 5 p.m. PST.

Kate Courtney with her dog
Every dog is a therapy dog. Photo: Susie Theis

While you’re there, check out some of the other events in the Speaker Series, which spans the week of June 14 to 20th, including conversations with climbers Kyra Condie and Nathaniel Coleman, runners Abdi Abdirahman and Aliphine Tuliamuk and triathletes Taylor Spivey and Melissa Stockwell.

The Speaker Series is part of the Outside Games, which incorporates free virtual fitness challenges for a chance to win prizes from Hyperice, Goldthread Tonics, Revelshine Wines and Jaybird Sports. Learn more here.