Jelle van Gorkom, double Olympian and Silver Medalist at the Rio Olympics 2016 suffered a severe and life-threatening accident. In spite of the accident, it’s impressive to see how Jelle’s positive spirit keeps him motivated and optimistic on the goals he has for his life.
In this interview, we discuss • Jelle’s darkest moment 00:01:33 • His best moment? 00:03:43 • What advice would you give his younger self 00:06:03 • His success habits 00:06:53 • His morning routine 00:09:38 • How he prepares for important moments 00:10:24 • How to overcome setbacks 00:11:23 • His role model 00:12:36 • The best advice he has received and who gave it to him 00:14:20 • How did a typical training day look like 00:15:17 • Jelle’s interview nomination 00:16:15 • Where can you find Jelle van Gorkom 00:16:35 Summary of the interview: Jelle van Gorkom is a double Olympian for 2012 and 2016 and a silver medalist at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and BMX Supercross. His other most notable achievements include being a runner-up in the World Champs 2015 preceded by securing his first place title at the World Cup in Papendal 2013. Those victories were followed by a couple of places on the World Cup podiums along the way as well. In early 2018 Jelle had suffered a severe accident resulting in a number of serious injuries that has resulted in Jelle having to step away from his cycling career as an athlete. Despite, having faced a seemingly unsurmountable challenge, Jelle’s magnanimous spirit keeps him motivated and optimistic on the goals he has for his life. Jelle recalls during his athletic career that focus was one of his major values and he believes that success stems from being yourself and being aware that you can always do better than your last performance; that there lies within you a greater capacity to do and be more than you have knowledge of. He is a very supportive and jovial individual, qualities that compound the fact that, unbeknownst to him, he is a role model to younger athletes. In preparation for any event during his athletic career, Jelle visualizes himself as a winner, a technique that he continues to apply to the other aspects of his life. “It is impossible until it is done” is a gem given by one of his role models, Muhammad Ali, which has become a staple Jelle attributes to his past and future successes. As any other athlete, Jelle has faced setbacks but he relies on his forward vision and his undying belief that the future is always better than the setback he may face within a given moment, making him a true overcomer.