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Downers Grove Patch: DGS P.E. Teacher’s Book to Be Released in May
At the heart of his book, Becoming a True Champion, Achieving Athletic Excellence From the Inside Out…are the lessons and life-skills he learned as an athlete, coach and parent. Now he hopes to… Read More

CNN Living: The highs and lows of the 2012 Olympic ‘crying games’ by Emanuella Grinberg
There’s no specific formula that leads to emotional outbursts on the winner’s podium, but being on the world stage can certainly heighten the emotion. “There’s a connection that you’re representing something bigger than yourself that adds to the experience and the emotions behind it,” said retired gymnast Kirk Mango … (Mango’s comments toward end of piece)

Northern Star: NIU and the Northern Star newspaper select Kirk Mango (#8) as one of the top 50 greatest Huskies athletes
Kirk Mango is a two-time Division I All-American and a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier. The “Lord of the Rings” won a National Championship on the still rings in 1979, defeating Indiana State’s Kurt Thomas on April 7. Mango placed… full article

International Gymnast Magazine Book Excerpt, June: Quantity & Quality
Quantity in training uses a high number of repetitions. Training using quality, on the other hand, usually includes completing a lower, set number of repetitions in a manner that…

International Gymnast Magazine Book Excerpt, May: Dealing With Pressure
The competitive arena is not a very forgiving place. Just its nature brings a level of intensity not found during the gymnast’s training process. Not only do successful competitors learn to…

International Gymnast Magazine Book Excerpt, March: Strengthen Weaknesses
A core attitude of one’s mind-set that can enhance your chances of success as an athlete involves knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Once you are…

International Gymnast Magazine Book Excerpt, January/February: Take Responsibility!
Many people believe that taking responsibility only means “accepting blame for something bad that happened.” But this is not…

International Gymnast Magazine Book Excerpt, December: MIND-SET, Choosing a Championship State of Mind
How you think will determine what you will actually be able to do. This thinking process centers on your perspective or state of mind. Your “mind-set” refers to how you …

International Gymnast Magazine Book Review by Dwight Normile
In an age and culture that seems to glorify the vanity displayed by so many of today’s sports icons, Kirk Mango’s “Becoming a True Champion: Achieving Athletic Excellence From the Inside Out” may be a tough sell. But Mango is not the type …

International Gymnast Magazine Book Excerpt, November: Desire, The fuel that drives you
Do you ever wonder how some individuals and athletes are able to defy the odds? With their chances of success ever so slim, they still seem to …

New York Channel 1: Jessica Kumari interview highlighting runner Meghan Vogel story.

Chicago Tribune: Downers Grove coach authors new book – South’s Kirk Mango says today’s athletes are focused on all the wrong things
Ranked by NIU as the No. 8 athlete in school history, Mango’s greatest pride is not in the awards and medals he has received but in the process that led to his success. Mango spoke with TribLocal over …

NCAA CHAMPION MAGAZINE: A true champion inside and out
Kirk Mango knows what it takes to be a champion. Now he has written a book to advise others. “Becoming a True champion” isn’t just about the dedication, work ethic and training it takes to win a title…

District 99 News: South High Teacher Champions Success, Authors Book
South High Teacher Kirk Mango knows a thing or two about being a champion. Nicknamed “Lord of the Rings” in the late 1970’s, Mango…

Naperville Patch: Book Offers Teen Athletes Advice on Achieving Excellence from the Inside Out
Naperville resident Kirk Mango’s book, Becoming a True Champion, which will be released in May is geared toward teen athletes, helping them make decisions that will empower them to…

Downers Grove Reporter: Physical Education teacher inspires students
Mango, a physical education teacher, has begun giving inspirational speeches to students in Downers Grove South High School. Mango said he believes in the last 30 years he has noticed athletes and students are more about…

Downers Grove Reporter: Downers South teacher Mango honored as top-10 athlete in NIU history
…Downers Grove South teacher and former coach received a big surprise himself late this spring as he earned the No. 8 spot on Northern Illinois’ list of 50 top Huskie athletes of all time. “I was in shock when I got the call…

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