Growing up playing soccer allowed Shannon to be pretty quick on his feet could out sprint a lot of people. However, that didn’t transfer over well into speed skating for him. In speed skating it's common for the start can be the most important aspect of the race and for him it was something that he really struggled with.
Thankfully, one evening after a skating session some of the skaters put their shoes own and raced across the floor of the rink. Shannon would win every time. But then during practices and actually at speed skating meets with skating doing a start Shannon would be the last off the line. You see the guys he was racing in practice were all National Champions and he was beating every one of them in races with shoes on.
As a result, he didn't quite understand what was missing in his start. Then he ran across a quote that said, “speed skating was 10% perspiration and 90% concentration.” And that's when he started looking into that 90% that he was lacking because he felt there was no reason these guys should be beating him off the line.
He did a lot of research on the mental aspect of sport and putting it all together he learned how to trigger his body and mind to be “In the Zone” on demand at a flip of a switch. Within the 1st month he started beating some skaters off the line that he never had before. Within 2 months he was not only winning every start in practice but he was winning speed skating meets for the 1st time. He then went on to being undefeated that year.
Unfortunately, a foot injury pushed him out of competitive speed skating but launched him into coaching speed skating and becoming a sports performance specialist. He was fortunate to be able to coach some incredible athletes. Here’s some of their success:
SPEED SKATING COACHING
• 142 National Championships
• 18 World Team Members
• 9-11 Skaters making the World Team at once at once. Has never been done before in US history and at the time the world
• 6 World Champions – With several repeating
• 2 Olympians Kimani Griffin and
o Heather Richardson Bergsma: When I coached her she was a 7 time world champion with a total of 11 placements at the World Championships.
o Switched to Long Track Ice Won numerious world cups, World championships, and world record holder
o Olympic Bronze Medal
• Coached National Team Clinics
• World Team Manager
• Sports Performance Specialist (20yrs)