Paralympic gold medallist uses Rubik's Cube before a race

Team GB's Jonathan Fox says Cube allows him to get 'in the zone'.
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Paralympic gold medallist and Team GB swimmer Jonathan Fox uses a Rubik’s Cube to prepare for a race.

And a leading sports psychologist reckons the iconic toy can ‘enhance competitive performance by providing athletes with the ultimate “zone-out” tool’.

Fox was given a Rubik’s Cube in 2006 by his grandmother before his first World Championships in South Africa. He uses it along with heavy metal music on his iPod to ‘get in the zone’.

“I managed to do it and just got better,” he said. “There are millions and millions of combinations but just one solution: there are just seven steps really.

“I've brought it with me, it's been everywhere.It's got a few bumps and scratches but its still going.It zones me out [before a race].”

Sports psychologist and confidence coach Martin Perry added: “Jonathan is clearly very accomplished at the Rubik’s Cube. Because it is something he is good at, aligning the cube gives him a feeling of self-confidence and assurance before a race. 

“It’s akin to sub-consciously saying, I can solve the mental enigma of the Rubik’s Cube… therefore I can just as adeptly solve the physical challenge of winning Paralympic gold. I’m a good problem solver. And therefore a winner.”

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