17 Things You Learn When You Spend The Day With An Olympic Swimmer
Last week, I shadowed (and swam with) Olympian Jessica Hardy, a gold-medal swimmer, at her practice in Los Angeles. This is what I learned about what it takes to make it to the Games.
Olympians swim a lot. Like, a lot a lot. (Duh.)
They also practice HARD.
It's all about technique.
And they get VERY few breaks from their discipline.
As an elite athlete, you need to eat a lot...
... and also, fuel up SMART.
You also need to bust your ass outside of the pool.
And sometimes that means getting creative when it comes to working out!
Whether they're in the pool or on a court, elite athletes are wired similarly.
The right mindset and motivation about your game are everything.
And that includes staying relaxed, especially before big races.
Being an elite-level athlete comes with sacrifice.
Your coach is your biggest weapon.
And it helps to practice with the competition.
And this camaraderie carries over, even to the Olympic level.
The Olympics are insane, but they're also just another sporting event.
And most important, you've got to want to WIN.
Just keep swimming!!!
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