Lanny Bassham

Special guest

Lanny Bassham was born on January 2, 1947, in a small Texas town. He wasn’t the best athlete in school growing up but had Olympic size dreams. His dream and his dedication to training lead him to the Olympic Games. He could shoot winning scores and knew that the Gold Medal was in his reach.

After graduating from The University of Texas at Arlington, Lanny accepted a regular Army commission in the Army Medical Service Corps.

He was assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he consistently showed himself to be one of the top rifle shooters in the nation and the
world. Bassham also served as a company commander and an instructor at the Academy of Health Sciences in Ft. Sam Houston and the Infantry School in Fort Benning.

In 1972, at the Munich Germany Olympic Games, Lanny Bassham failed in his attempt to win the Gold Medal in International Rifle Shooting. He had a mental failure resulting in his taking the Silver instead. He had not mentally prepared for the Olympic Pressure and choked in the most important competition of his life. Frustrated, Lanny wanted to take a course in controlling the mind under pressure. After looking for such a seminar and not finding satisfaction, Bassham began to interview Olympic Gold Medalists to discover what they were doing differently to win.

What he discovered was truly remarkable. Bassham created a system of mental control he calls Mental Management®. Within the next six years Lanny Bassham dominated his sport, winning 22 world individual and team titles, setting 4 world records and winning the coveted Olympic Gold Medal in Montreal in 1976.

During his shooting career, Bassham won 34 World and Olympic medals for the USA, ranking him third in total medal count among all shooters, and is awarded both the Distinguish Service Rifle and Distinguished International Rifle Shooter Badges, the highest award the Army awards for marksmanship. He has set 64 National Records, and four World Records, won 17 Individual National Championships, three individual CISM Military World Championship titles, four Individual World Championship titles, and has been inducted into the USA Shooting Hall of Fame. The US Army Marksmanship Unit Hall of Fame.

For the past 33 years, Lanny has been teaching Mental Management® to Olympians, business owners, Fortune 500 Corporations and the elite of the sport and business community. Lanny Bassham is recognized as one of the world's best instructors for mental preparation for sport and business. His company, Mental Management Systems is located in Flower Mound, Texas. Their clients include the PGA and PGA tour players, Miss America finalists, Miss USA winners, World and Olympic Champions, Fortune 500 companies, The United States Secret Service, The US Navy SEALS, The United States Army Marksmanship Unit, The FBI and many more.

Lanny Bassham has been a guest on 1 episode.