In sport, a massive amount is to do with genetics.
– Adam Peaty
The roar of the crowd when you come out for a final is like nothing else: when 15,000 people are cheering you, a lot of adrenaline goes right through you.
There is enough going on in Olympic year without having to do my own cooking and washing.
To win Olympic gold has been a dream for me for seven or eight years now, so it was amazing to actually achieve that.
I believe in that gladiatorial mind-set. I love it.
For 100 m., you have to go out fast but also bring it back, so we’ve been doing a lot of work on the back-end speed.
My coach and I thought I could swim a 57.3 if I executed the perfect race, but I did even better than that.
Olympic champions should be 100 per cent athletes who have made the sacrifices.
I enjoy racing because I want to do it. No one’s forcing me.
Seeing that flag means so much: I am inspired by my Queen, my country.
I believe I can get faster because I have trained for it, and I’m doing faster times I’ve ever done in training.
Every day I try to push the boundaries, and it’s paid off.
The more you believe in yourself, the faster you’re going to get.
I was so scared of the water when I was little. I used to grab onto Mum’s hand to get out of the pool. I did not even want to shower.
This medal goes to show that you don’t always have to have the best facilities, the best organisation, the best of everything to achieve.
Just because I have two world records, everyone assumes that means automatically it is two guaranteed gold medals, but it isn’t like that, and anything can happen in a race.
I don’t think I’m a good dancer.
I’ve become the hunted. I’m enjoying that. It’s better to be the hunted than the hunter.
Grime reminds me that swimming is very gladiatorial.
There is a very thin line between confidence and arrogance.
You can easily say, ‘I can go 56’, but how are you going to do that?
Training is my drug. I’m going to be the best I can in and out of the water – train right, eat right – and that is the way it should be.
I like Jaykae. He’s a great artist, and I absolutely love Dr. Dre’s album and a bit of Calvin Harris now and then.
When you take the world record, a lot of people are going to go out there to get you, really. I kind of enjoy that. I like being chased.
Nothing means more to me than racing for my country, the Queen, the Royal Family, and the people back home that support me.
I like the dark undertow of grime, and it gets me aggressive. You need that aggression.
Sometimes I still go round the house making weird noises and stuff, so in that aspect, I haven’t grown up!
I’m going into my first Olympics, whereas people I’m racing against are going into their third and fourth and probably last Olympics. So there’s more pressure on them to perform. I’ve still got a whole future ahead of me. I am not even the Olympic champ.
I love tuning into Radio 1 on a Friday night after training and hearing the new stuff.
You don’t want people thinking you’re a cheat just because you’re really fast and have broken the world record by a second.