Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming – being compared to him and Mark Spitz.
Before the (Olympic) trials I was doing a lot of relaxing exercises and visualization. And I think that that helped me to get a feel of what it was gonna be like when I got there. I knew that I had done everything that I could to get ready for that meet, both physically and mentally
I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There’s no better time to try this than now.
I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming.
Swimming is more than a once-every-four-years sport. My goal is to bring attention to swimming – to give it some personality.
Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.
At the hospital, I was asked for my autograph; I’m right-handed and couldn’t sign. So I was asked for photos. While hooked up to IV lines.
I knew I was not a failure in any way, and so did those close to me. It doesn’t matter if you fall short; it is never a failure to go after your goals with everything you’ve got.
In business, words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.
You can make a million mistakes, just not the same one twice.
So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.
I feel like Aaron brings out the best in me
I always thought, it would be neat to make the Olympic team.
I always have on my headphones to block out all of the other distractions and I’m just focused on doing the best that I can…. There a few of them … DMX Party Up … Mack 10 BC and Ice Cube Connected for Life. I also listen to the Eminem CD …whichever song really gets me going that night
I won’t predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible.
I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.
If you’re not on your ‘A’ game in our workouts every day, you’re going to get absolutely smoked.