Tim Talks

Olympic champions in the fours at the 2000 Sydney Games, from left: Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster, James Cracknell and Matthew Pinsent.

26 May 2021

By Göran R Buckhorn

Göran R Buckhorn has re-watched a TED Talk with Tim Foster.

British Olympian oarsman Tim Foster doesn’t need any introduction on these pages.

After the Sydney Olympics, Foster retired from active rowing and worked as the coach at the University of London Boat Club for a while. Between 2007 and 2012, he was the head coach for the Swiss national rowing team. Foster is now working as a business coach.

In July 2014, a 20-minute video was uploaded on YouTube with Tim Foster giving a so-called “TED Talk” about his ups and downs leading up to the Olympic Games in 2000. These talks are organized by TED Conferences LLC (Technology, Entertainment, Design), which is, according to Wikipedia, “an American media organization that posts talks online for free distribution under the slogan ‘ideas worth spreading’”. There are also self-organized, local events, and this particular event seems to have been organized in Switzerland.

This might seem to be an “old talk” to watch and listen to, and which Tim Koch wrote about in November 2016, but I believe it is well worth watching again with the Tokyo Olympics only eight weeks away.


For Gold Fever, the BBC documentary mentioned by Tim Foster, see here.

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