One month before the Olympics, US gymnast McKayla Maroney explained how she visualizes the perfect vault.
Notice how she includes details like taking one step back, leaning back and then gaining speed as she starts her approach. She even imagines the crowd cheering. That feeling of just “knowing” that it’s going to be good — that’s when you know you’re ready.
Here she is at the 2012 Olympics, executing the perfect vault.