Beers, Blokes & Business podcastPodcast030: Dave The Olympian – the Business of a Professional Athlete

030: Dave The Olympian – the Business of a Professional Athlete

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This week on Beers, Blokes and Business; our very special guest is David Morris; the Australian Aerial Skiing Silver Medalist just back from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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David Morris – what you need to know

  • Freestyle Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 10Member of the Australia Aerial Skiing team
  • 2 x Olympian; 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
  • Silver medalist, Aerial Skiing at Sochi Winter Olympics 2014
  • World #2 overall 2012/13 season
  • Australian record holder
  • Most successful male aerial skier ever in Australia
  • Experienced public speaker across educational, corporate and media.

What will you learn from this ‘Dave The Olympian’ podcast?

  • It only takes 12 years of hard work for an Olympic silver medal
  • Being a Olympian is no different to working in a business – with a focus on planning, strategy, KPIs and results.
  • Most of us only tune in once ever 4 years for the results of a long term project
  • Find out how Dave used a multi-year strategy to deliver the silver medal result at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
  • How Olympians are funded
  • How Dave broke into a female dominated sport without the initial support of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA)
  • How the focus on other Australian athletes (like Chumpy) allowed Dave to slip under the media radar and surprise the Australian public with a silver medal
  • How Dave used business “hacks” to push himself further – Davo’s imaginary training competitor
  • Who is Team DTO?
  • Dave’s plans for the future – including motivational public speaking for education, corporate and media audiences
  • The role of social media in Olympic competition

Thanks to our show sponsor – Brett Oaten Solicitors

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They can help anyone who uses intellectual property in their business.   He’ll do a great job for you – if he wasn’t good, stars of stage and screen wouldn’t use him, year in, year out.

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Links and resources from this episode

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David Morris in training.

David Morris Aerial Skier

US Aerial Skiing training facility.

US Aerial Skiing Training Facility

Australian Aerial Skiing training facility (leach infested dam)

Australian Aerial Skiing Training Dam


Dave being Dave in Sochi


The beer downed by the blokes in this podcast was Cricketers India Pale Ale.

Note: Apologies for audio quality, technical difficulties recording this episode this was our backup audio.

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