Lanny Robert Bassham (born January 2, 1947) is an Americansportsshooter who competed and won a gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics, and also obtained silver in the 1972 Summer Olympics. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1969, where he had participated in the ROTC program. 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. 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 medallists to discover what they were doing differently to win.
Bassham created a system of mental control he called 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.
For the past 31 years, Lanny has been teaching Mental Management to clients including the PGA and PGA tour players, Miss America finalists, World and Olympic champions, Fortune 500 companies, the United States Secret Service, the US Navy SEALS, the United States Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Marksmanship Unit, and the FBI.