Peter Vidmar

Peter Vidmar

  • U.S. Men's Gymnastics Gold Medal Winner
  • Risk, Originality and Virtuosity
  • ESPN Olympic Commentator
Innovation — Pushing The Envelope

One of the reasons gymnastics is the most watched event of the Olympic Games is that the viewer can always expect something new and different from the athletes. Gymnasts are masters at pushing the...

One of the reasons gymnastics is the most watched event of the Olympic Games is that the viewer can always expect something new and different from the athletes. Gymnasts are masters at pushing the envelope, as they constantly try to reinvent their athletic art form. Innovation also requires some risk, and Peter discusses and shows how the judging category of ROV: Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity, has become a mandate for constant change in his sport. In describing how we need to stop playing catch up with the competition, Peter says, "A perfect 10 just a few years ago may only score an 8.5 today. If I don't innovate, I'll be left behind very quickly!"

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Motivation--ROV...Risk, Originality and Virtuousity

When Peter Vidmar captained the US Men's Gymnastics Team to its Olympic Gold Medal in 1984, exceptional performances were judged using three criteria - Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity (ROV). A...

When Peter Vidmar captained the US Men's Gymnastics Team to its Olympic Gold Medal in 1984, exceptional performances were judged using three criteria - Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity (ROV). A technically correct performance could only receive a 9/4 at best. In order to achieve a prefect 10, the gymnast had to show Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity. An additional 0.2 points could be earned in each of these categories.

Although ROV is not currently part of the judging criteria, it still has important applications in the business world and in life. People often give a 'technically correct' performance, but they are unable to achieve the degree of success they desire. Frequently, the additional effort or needed improvements are embodied in ROV.

The ROV principles are simple, yet the underlying messages are profound. Risk means you're willing to do something daring. Originality allows you to quit copying the other to try and copy you. And Virtuosity involves taking a certain skill and doing it better than anyone else. When applied together, these principles can help change lives.

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Teamwork — Getting your Team on the Podium

Gymnastics is a team sport where the outcome is based entirely on a collection of individual performances. Asks Peter, "At the Olympic Games, while I am competing with my teammates, I am...

Gymnastics is a team sport where the outcome is based entirely on a collection of individual performances. Asks Peter, "At the Olympic Games, while I am competing with my teammates, I am simultaneously competing against them for the individual medals. So how do we work together on a daily basis for the benefit of the team?" Using his ROV principles, Peter describes the tools his team needed to apply, every day, to reach the top of the Olympic Podium, as a team and as individuals.

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