July 24 – 28, 2024

Olympics, NHL playoffs, mortal danger of fighting fire, managing a team in high-stress situations.  How do you learn to function in high pressure situations? 

Our panel of elite performance experts will uncover mental strategies for coping and excelling in high-pressure situations. The long-standing notion of SISU in Finnish culture will serve as a context to the Finnish cultural phenomenon of unique perseverance—and how SISU has shaped Finnish cultural expectations.

The discussion will focus on mental well-being and identifying your need for rest. How to deal with life changes and what are your own ways to take care of your mental health.

Format: Panel and Q&A -Total of 60 minutes

Moderator: Chad SalmelaSki and running coach (The College of St Scholastica, Team Birkie), TV commentator (NBC Sports), former member of the US Biathlon Team

Joonas DonskoiFormer NHL player, Athlete (Oulun Kärpät, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Seattle Kraken)
Noora Räty, Hockey Coach and former Finnish Olympian (Shenzhen KRS, KRS Vanke Reys, University of Minnesota)
Manny Lagos Chief Development Officer / Senior Technical Advisor,  Minnesota United FC
J-P Auroila – Firefighter and psychology student (Minnesota Growlers Floorball)