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    • How good habits can win gold medals

      March 1, 2012

      When Michael Phelps's alarm clock went off at 6:30 on the morning of Aug. 13, 2008, he crawled out of bed in the Olympic Village in Beijing and fell right into his routine.

      He pulled on a pair of sweatpants and walked to breakfast. He had already won three gold medals earlier that week – giving him nine in his career – and had two races that day. By 7 a.m., he was in the cafeteria, eating his regular race-day menu of eggs, oatmeal and four energy shakes, the first of more than 6,000 calories he would consume over the next 16 hours...