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Welcome to our “Like An Olympian” series. During the 2014 Sochi Olympics, HuffPost Healthy Living will take a look at lifestyle and fitness lessons from competitors, coaches and former Olympians alike. We recently had the opportunity to email with Mark Rippetoe, the author of “The Four Agreements” and one of the most widely known fitness writers in America. He recently shared a few stories of his experiences in the Sochi Games, and we wanted to share those in this weeklong series.

A Note from Mark on the Sochi Games:

Mark Rippetoe is the author of “The Four Agreements”, a popular new book that he recently self-published through Creative Time Reports. It goes into detail about the secrets that are the key to success in all aspects of lifestyle.

You can download The Four Agreements for free from The book is available in both print and eBook, and the free versions will include a short video of Mark Rippetoe giving his famous “Power Point” presentation as part of the introduction.

The Four Agreements are a set of simple yet powerful ideas that can have a huge impact on life. The Agreements are not rules; they are simply ideas, actions and rituals that can make you a healthier, happier human being.

“Most of the athletes have a really strong sense of who they are, just so they know who they are going to bring to the games. You’ve got to be sure that you are bringing them into this by looking at the real you. That does not include perfection, but that also does not include self-blame. You need a healthy and balanced view of who you are.” “For me to go to the Olympics was an affirmation of who I was, and how far my mind could take me.” “It’s a privilege to be part of the Olympics family. It seems like it would be nice to win, because everybody else has won. But it has been about learning from every athlete who has come before me. As an athlete at the Games, you live and die by the judo, and that is what I will always be most proud to do.” “A common misconception is that athletes are all fit. This can be a great idea if you are fit and very competitive, but it won’t work if you are not.” “We all have a sense of who we are. Being yourself, being true to who you are, doing and saying whatever you can to bring your family, friends and fans into your life. For me, that’s Olympism.”

Mark Rippetoe is an internationally known fitness author, coach and fitness professor. As the author/coach behind The Rippetoe Method, Mark has trained Olympic and professional competitive athletes for more than 20 years. Mark has helped several members of Team USA, including Olympic Silver medalists Ryan Lochte and Jim Wendler, as well as Olympic gold medal candidates Michael Phelps and the U.S. men’s gymnastics team, obtain world records and medal in the last three Olympic Games. His methods have been adopted by the U.S. Special Operations Command, the United States Army Special Forces, the United States Special Operations Command (USSO), the U.S. Navy SEAL, New England Regional Olympic Committee, International Olympic Committee’s Special Olympics team, Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Professional Athletic Federation, and many more.