Lanny Bassham

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Lanny Bassham
Personal information
Full name Lanny Robert Bassham
Born January 2, 1947 (1947-01-02) (age 70)
Comanche, Texas, U.S.

Lanny Robert Bassham (born January 2, 1947) is an American sports shooter who won a gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics, and a silver medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Early life[edit]

Bassham was born in Comanche, Texas.[1] He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1969, where he participated in the ROTC program.[2]

Athletic career[edit]

At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Lanny Bassham won the silver medal in the mixed 50 metre rifle three positions event.[3] Between 1972 and 1978, Lanny Bassham won 22 world individual and team titles, setting 4 world records. He won the Olympic gold medal in the mixed 50 metre rifle three positions event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.[3]

Leadership development career[edit]

After the 1972 Olympics silver finish, Bassham sought classes in mental discipline under pressure. After failing to find such a seminar, Bassham created a system of mental control after interviewing Olympic gold medalists to discover their winning strategies. Bassham began to write books and teach courses in his methods under the name "Mental Management".[4]

For the past 31 years, Lanny has provided "Mental Management" training programs to clients including PGA Tour golfers, Miss America finalists, CEOs, US Navy SEALs, SWAT teams, and the FBI.[4]


  1. ^ "Lanny Bassham biography and Olympic results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  2. ^ Lanny Bassham Hall of Honor
  3. ^ a b Profile: "Lanny Bassham". Retrieved January 13, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Sampson, Curt (April 2009). "Lanny Bassham Helps You Think Your Way To Success". D Magazine. Retrieved December 25, 2016.