Instead, tennis players are most likely to mention themselves. Per 60 seconds, tennis players use words like ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘myself’ and ‘self’ eight times which is almost double the average of the typical sports person. Cyclists, however, are the least likely to mention themselves and other synonymous words.
You’re probably thinking ‘well, what do cyclists actually talk about then?’, mainly they chat about their loved ones, their country and disbelief of successes.
Cyclists are, in fact, more likely to mention disbelief in their post-race interviews than most other sports in the study. Only tennis players express more surprise. Footballers and their managers are the least likely, and are the most likely to use words denoting joy and elation compared to other sports.
Also, football managers rank high in the likelihood of remaining rational in their post-match interviews with mentions of ‘plans’, ‘tactics’ and ‘strategy’ - twice as likely than the average sports person. Rugby players are also highly likely to mention tactics in their postgame interviews - even more so than football managers whereas cyclists and tennis players are the least likely.