Exclusive Interview: Sir Mo Farah CBE – Olympic, World & European Champion Named the UK’s Greatest Ever Athlete
In this exciting and exclusive interview with Sir Mo Farah, discover which celebrity coined the ‘Mo-Bot’, how his upbringing influenced his later success and Mo’s top tips for thriving in your specific field. Considered one of the best athletes in the world, the multi-Olympic Gold medallist and World Champion is a leading authority on peak performance and achieving your goals.
Do not miss this exclusive Q&A with the legendary athlete and Olympic speaker, Mo Farah, who sat down virtually with Champions Speakers to discuss his incredible career.
Q: What was the inspiration behind the Mo-Bot?
Megan: "Many Olympians, like Usain Bolt, have a celebratory pose or action - tell me about the Mo-Bot?"
Mo: “The inspiration of the Mo-Bot is the ‘M ‘and ‘O’, which means Mo! And there was only one Mo, now there’s a few - Mo Salah, Mo Farah and Mo Gilligan.
“Now, at the time, there was only me in sports!
“We were doing this TV show in the UK was called League of their Own, and I was in the panel with other sports stars, and we were guessing what they do – it’s just a bit of fun!
“I was with Claire Balding, Jack Whitehall and James Corden and we were just talking, and we said, ‘you know what, Usain Bolt does [the Lightning Bolt] and he’s famous, because he is the fastest man in the world!
“Then we said, ‘the [2012 London Olympic Games] is coming up, we need to come up with a celebration for you’. Then Clare goes, ‘you know the YMCA, why don’t you do the M and the O’ and I was like ‘that’s genius!’.
“And then James Corden says, ‘the Mo-Bot’!
“So that’s how it started, and now everyone’s doing it – I’m doing it too!”
Q: Do you believe the adversity you have faced made you the determined and resilient athlete you are today?
Megan: "Olympians like Matt Langridge and Alex Gregory rave about the importance of resilience, but you understand more than most the value of determination when faced with adversity..."
Mo: “Definitely. I've always asked myself, it's like, if I didn't have that upbringing when I was a child, would I be the athlete I am today?
“And I think, without me thinking about it deeply, it does.
“I think that motivates you, that makes you appreciate what you have. And for me, I've always said that to myself - what you put in is what you get out.
“It's all about hard work and commitment. Everything I do, I try and commit in every way I can. And I ask the question, ‘where did I go wrong?’
“Sometimes, it's so hard to be able to go, ‘oh, I made a mistake’, ‘this went wrong’, or ‘I could fix these areas’. And I think the important thing is realising that you did make a mistake.
“And then, what are you going to do? I know what I need to do - I need to go put in this amount of work, I need to go out there and do better.
“There were many challenges. I think we will have a lot of challenges in our lives, it's how you use those challenges to motivate yourself.”
Q: After winning the World Championship and then Olympic Gold in 2012, how did you motivate yourself to continue the level of performance needed to get you there?
Megan: "What an athlete! Tell me about sustaining performance between wins?"
Mo: “It's really important as an athlete to stay on top of it. And for me, it's all about keeping going.
“When you win a World Championship, it's amazing; to finally do it is an incredible feeling. But you always ask, ‘what's next?’, ‘what can I do?’.
“The key thing is you always stay motivated, stay hungry. And I guess that's what makes it taste even better to win.”
Q: You give many inspirational lectures around the world; what is the best bit of advice you could give someone trying to make it in their field?
Having completed a Masters degree in Creative Writing, Megan joined Champions Speakers in 2019. She is found regularly contributing to the company blog where she discusses everything from the latest news to self-improvement, as well as contributing t... Read more
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