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100 Days Before the Paris Olympics – Athletes Have Spoken: The Top 30 Mentally Strongest Athletes in the World Revealed


Berlin, 16 April 2024 – With just 100 days until the Olympics in Paris, a recent survey conducted by MIND SC, the first mental sports club in the world, in partnership with the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW Berlin), has unveiled the top 30 mentally strongest athletes in the world. The survey, which polled 1,241 active athletes from a diverse array of sports in March 2024, emphasizes the critical role of mental strength in achieving sporting excellence.

The results underscore the importance of mental strength in sports, with tennis players notably prominent. Novak Djokovic leads the list, demonstrating exceptional mental resilience, followed by the injured Rafael Nadal. Including Carlos Alcaraz, Coco Gauff, and Iga Swiatek, tennis contributes five athletes to the top 30, highlighting the sport’s psychological challenges.

Athletes from other sports such as golf, soccer, American football, basketball, handball, biathlon, motorsports, athletics, and table tennis are also represented, illustrating the value of mental toughness across all sporting disciplines.

“Mental strength is defined in various ways, yet it plays a key role in achieving peak performance, particularly at major events. Many top athletes train specifically to enhance this aspect,” says Hendrik Lange, a sports psychologist, former European hockey champion and co-founder of MIND SPORTS CLUB.

The Top Ten Mentally Strongest Athletes:

1. Novak Djokovic (Tennis)

2. Rafael Nadal (Tennis)

3. Lionel Messi (Soccer)

4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer) and LeBron James (Basketball)

6. Carlos Alcaraz (Tennis), Max Verstappen (Motorsports), and Tiger Woods (Golf)

9. Simone Biles (Gymnastics), Coco Gauff (Tennis), Mikaela Shiffrin (Skiing), and Lewis Hamilton (Motorsports)

Notable Mentions include 13. Iga Swiatek, Nikola Karabatic, Patrick Mahomes, 16. Alex Morgan, Mondo Duplantis, Marcus Kleveland, Rory McIlroy, Johannes Thinges Boe, Damian Lillard, 22. Kevin Love, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Timo Boll, Toni Kroos, Maxx Crosby, Jimmy Butler, Marc Marquez, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and 30. Eliud Kipchoge.

This survey sheds light on the crucial role mental strength plays in sports, beyond physical capabilities. As the Paris event draws closer, the focus on these athletes’ mental fortitude becomes even more pertinent.


About MIND SC: The newly established MIND SPORTS CLUB is the world’s first club for mental training, aiming to provide athletes of all levels with easy and uncomplicated access to mental coaching. The platform connects mental coaches with athletes globally.

MIND SPORTS CLUB (mindsc.com) is the world’s first club for mental training, a powerful movement created for all athletes. MIND SC is committed to democratizing access to sports psychology and was founded in December 2023 by Mahmoud Elgouhari, Florian Oberle, and Hendrik Lange.

For further inquiries, please contact: Hendrik Lange, hendrik@mindsc.com, + 49 170 5506337.