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At 28, you need recovery time after training.
– Eric Shanteau
Most people take long breaks after Olympics. I needed some normalcy back in my life, so I came back to the pool.
I attacked my cancer diagnosis the same way I attack training and competing, and that’s pretty fearless.
I know there’s life after the Olympics.
I’m really looking forward to just concentrating on the swimming part now instead of what’s going on with me outside the pool.
Getting to the Olympics was, has always been, my swimming dream since I was 8 or 9 years old. You know, right after I started swimming it was, ‘I want to make an Olympic team. That’s where I want to be.’
I think being an athlete prepares you for more things than people give us credit for.
I’ve been in a Speedo half my life. So I am really comfortable with my body.
I don’t let myself get upset about the little nitpicky things anymore.
There’s a lot more to life than just the Olympic Games.
I don’t know what cancer did to me but I put on probably 10 pounds of muscle and got a lot stronger in the weight room and during our dry-land stuff.
Olympic medals are the one medal that I don’t have; I’ve won just about every other competition that I’ve been at.
When you get to an event like the Olympic Games, you can put too much pressure on yourself.
After my cancer diagnosis, I really took my swimming to a new level.
I’ve kind of got an out in cancer. It keeps things in perspective for me.
Being happy outside the pool means fast swimming in the pool.
I think you have to be weird to swim breaststroke.
Obviously, losing a parent is very difficult. I miss my dad every day, but I know he would be proud to see me continuing to swim and going for another shot at the Olympics.
If I have one message to young swimmers about taking care of their bodies, it’s definitely take care of your shoulders.
One of the things you learn when you get married is how you need to always work on continuing to make it better.