I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them.
It feels absolutely amazing
Let's go to the back
Last week I was one minute late, ... and when I got to class, the professor had locked the door. She was nice, though. She let me in.
What are you doing now? ... Just going to school and swimming?
I get scared when I approach teachers and tell them that I'll probably be able to attend only half the classes, ... I'm scared that they're going to drop me. In the fall of 2002 I signed up for five classes and had to drop three of them.
I worked there for a year, ... I'd taken the year off from school and was doing double-session workouts. I needed something to do with myself between practices, so I worked there four hours a day.
Strong biceps and triceps help me slice through the water's resistance and swim more efficiently
[What is Amanda Beard doing in school, anyway? At her bewildering, Van Wildering academic pace, you might think that her favored stroke is the crawl. Besides, she already has fame, fortune and an FHM cover.] I'm going to graduate, ... no matter how long it takes.
Sometimes success is simply being willing to give it your all.
I always tell people, I'm a better swimmer because I'm a mom and a better mom because I'm swimmer.
I'd go to swim practice, put my face in the water, and I didn't have to talk to anybody. Swimming was like my escape, but it was also like this huge prison because I felt like I had to swim up to people's standards.
People wanted to be friends with me for not the right reasons. They'd introduce me to somebody else as the Olympian or the swimmer. I didn't want to stand out. I wanted to blend in.
When people say to me, 'You're like the Anna Kournikova who wins,' I definitely take it as a compliment, because she's quite gorgeous.
If you want me to swim fast, you have to let me enjoy my life.