Stripped
by Tianna Bartoletta on March 3rd, 2018
Truth is...People have complicated relationships with the truth.They find ways to muddle the black and white in order to sell you on their lives within shades of grey.There are a million and one ways to cheat.In sport, in relationships, in business, on taxes…and for the most part those peoplethe ones who cheatlive so loud…talk so much…because in a world of black and white they need someone…anyone…...  Read More
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Vive la resistance!
by Tianna Bartoletta on February 12th, 2018
I woke up in my hotel room in Dusseldorf the morning after the meet absolutely livid.Because even though I jumped much better than I had been…And had taken full control over my season moving forward…I was disappointed, full of self pity, and exhausted.I woke up in that hotel room wondering when things would get easier for me.Wondering when I could be 100 percent confident in my training and perfor...  Read More
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Siri...Seriously.
by Tianna Bartoletta on January 23rd, 2018
I’ve been in Barcelona for the last three weeks for training camp.Well, actually…we were actually at the high performance training center in Sant Cugat which is only a twenty minute drive from Barcelona.I chose to rent an apartment in Barcelona and commute to training daily from here.Anyway…the other day we had a group dinner. Coach asked me to take the “party” bus (I now know we have very differe...  Read More
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The Cutting Room Floor
by Tianna Bartoletta on January 9th, 2018
For no particular reason today I took a hard look at the people around me.I woke up earlier this morning so I could walk three-quarters of a mile to a spot that I’ve decided makes the best soy chai and caramel lattes I have ever tasted this side of the Atlantic before practice. I looked around at the fellow patrons…An elderly man reading a newspaper…barely able to hold his espresso because of the ...  Read More
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Ask...Tell...or Hope?
by Tianna Bartoletta on December 21st, 2017
Over breakfast in Costa Rica I had an epiphany. "You know why couple's therapy sucks?" I didn't wait for any encouragement to go on. I was on to something and knew it. It's because the therapist is going to say: And what do you need from him...look at him and tell him exactly what you need. Ok...good. Now it's your turn. Look at her and tell her exactly what you need. Good...that's all...  Read More
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A Theory of Relativity
by Tianna Bartoletta on December 14th, 2017
Confession: the other day I saw a video of an athlete saying how hard their 2017 was after they accepted an "athlete of the year" award. I rolled my eyes. A response for which I am not proud of at all.  Because typically, I possess atypical levels of empathy for others. But I was caught up in how hard MY year was so I was temporarily blinded by the idea that someone else would/could think ...  Read More
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Off Season...On Purpose
by Tianna Bartoletta on November 10th, 2017
Saturday I return to work. Which means I return to Europe. And on the one hand I know it’s time to go, and on the other I look back on my offseason and wonder… Did I Use my time Wisely? It’s funny because once a global championship ends you can hear athletes talking about all of their off season plans. The reality of the matter is most of us…really just want to sleep, In our own beds, Wit...  Read More
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Notes on a Scandal
by Tianna Bartoletta on September 25th, 2017
My position on protests during the national anthem is nuanced. But there are those that believe this is a black and white issue both literally and metaphorically.I disagree.This has more shades of grey than an E. L. James novel.I support the right for anyone to peacefully protest anything in whatever manner suits their conscience.Personally, I sing the national anthem and I am fully aware of the l...  Read More
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TB University: No Vaseline...The Athlete/Agent Relationship
by Tianna Bartoletta on September 25th, 2017
So, last "class" we talked about "going pro," how to do it, what that means. I mentioned briefly that even without the coveted salaried endorsement deals you and your agent can still put together a solid competition schedule every season that can net you a pretty decent income.So let's talk about that.Let's talk agents...(also referred to as managers. I may use this term interchangeably throughout...  Read More
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Wait...What about Ellis?
by Tianna Bartoletta on September 25th, 2017
Some say athletes should just stay in their lanes.As if life doesn't happen to them...simply because they make their living "playing a game"As if life doesn't happen to them...Outside the field of play...That the only thing of value in their lives are the minutes counted by the play clock or the seconds captured by the stop watch.As if wearing the American Flag is nothing more than a patch that ac...  Read More
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