Nicole Detling, PhD

Nicole Detling, PhD, CC-AASP, is a Sports Psychologist for the University of Utah gymnastics and is the former Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services for US Speedskating.

Dr. Nicole Detling received her BA in psychology and sports science from Ohio Wesleyan University, her MS in sport psychology from Ithaca College, and her PhD in sport psychology at the University of Utah. She also completed an internship in sport psychology in the Sports Medicine Center at the Mayo Clinic. Nicole has been consulting with athletes and performers since 1998. Athletes, teams, and coaches of all ages, ability levels, and sports have sought Nicole’s services. She has also worked with performing artists. Nicole has given numerous international, national, and regional presentations at professional conferences and has been a guest speaker at several coaching clinics throughout the U.S. She is currently an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department at the University ofUtah. Nicole has co-authored book chapters as well as professional journal publications. She is a member and a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP).

Nicole served at the Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services as well as a provider of sport psychology services (mental skills coach) with US Speed Skating from 2008-2013 and is currently one of the sport psychology consultants / mental skills coaches with the US Ski and Snowboard Association (Freestyle Aerials) as well as several individual athletes from the youth through elite levels. In addition to working with several Olympians, she has worked with professional athletes in the PGA, MLB, MLS, and NHL as well as professional cyclists, mountain bikers, and rock climbers.

Her Olympic experience includes being a fully-credentialed member of Team USA with the US Short Track team in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games where all 10 skaters on the team came home with at least one Olympic medal. With his three Olympic medals at those Games, Apolo Anton Ohno became the most decorated winter Olympian, while Katherine Reutter won the first individual short track medal for a female USA skater since 1994. You can see Nicole in the picture to the right at closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. She is the 2nd person on the left-hand side of the picture.

She was also honored to be part of Team USA in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games as a fully-credentialed sport psychology consultant with the US Freestyle Aerials Ski Team.

Nicole has loved sports her entire life and was a three sport athlete (basketball, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field) at the collegiate level. She maintains an active lifestyle by playing soccer, rock climbing, downhill skiing, and both mountain and road biking, as well as any other sport she can get into. Her love for athletics has led her to successfully work with some of the best athletes in the world.

The wide range of sports that Nicole has worked with include: archery, baseball, basketball, biathlon, billiards, bowling, cross-country, disabled alpine skiing, downhill skiing, dressage, equestrian, figure skating, football, freestyle aerials, golf, ice hockey, long track speed skating, luge, mountain biking, nordic ski jumping, paragliding, sculling, short track speed skating, skeleton, snowboarding, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, trampoline, volleyball, and water polo. However, Nicole’s client list has also included musicians, dancers, real estate agents, and medical professionals. Every individual performs on a daily basis – and can use the tools she teaches to enhance their performance. You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from Nicole’s performance enhancement strategies. She has the experience and capability to work with any and every performing endeavor!

Nicole currently lives in the Salt Lake City, Utah area with her two sons, Logan and Elias.