The Tao of Sport | Duff Gibson

Duff Gibson is a World and Olympic champion in Skeleton and the founder of Dark Horse Athletic.

In this episode, we talk about Duff's book The Tao of Sport: Reflecting on Purpose, Passion, and Growth and the observations of the athletic world that ultimately inspired him to write it. He discusses the various stages of his career, from participating in multiple sports during his youth to working as a firefighter, competing in the Olympics, and the insight he gained from being a coach.

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Duff is a speaker, coach, advocate, and father, who aims to develop athleticism and foster an intrinsic love for sport. He spent the better part of three decades in the world of Olympic sport, and was also a provincial champion speed skater and a national champion in bobsleigh. He competed from 1999 to 2006 when he won gold in the Men’s Skeleton Race, making him the oldest Canadian Winter Games Gold Medalist and the oldest Individual Winter Gold Medalist in the world.


  • 0:00 Intro
  • 2:40 Growing up playing sports
  • 7:45 Origin of the book and of Dark Horse
  • 13:40 Data on Olympians
  • 18:55 Challenges and fear in Skeleton
  • 21:20 Firefighting experience
  • 24:30 Memorable moment from competition
  • 28:05 Achieving his dream
  • 30:20 Preparation/time management
  • 35:40 The importance of making mistakes
  • 40:35 Control and selflessness
  • 46:00 Growth mindset
  • 54:25 His support network
  • 58:15 Advice for parents to help kids thrive
  • 1:00:55 Advice for coaches just starting out
  • 1:13:25 Outro

The interview featured on this episode of the Love What You Play podcast originally aired live on For the Love of the Game's Facebook page.


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