I tapped him in the gut when I was walking over to the starting blocks. I'm just going to feed off this the rest of the meet because what I swam tonight was pretty fast for me.
I've been training really hard this year, more than any other year. My mind was set on it, and after the first one, I just kept feeding off of it.
We had our minds set on it all year. I'm glad I could go out and accomplish these goals.
I knew he was here tonight. I tapped him in the gut when I was walking over to the starting blocks.
I'm just going to go out there and try to win the race. When you go out there trying to go for a record, you're usually not going to get it.
The biggest thing I'll miss is being part of the team.
It feels great. I had my family, my team, everyone supporting me.
It put me into a better racing dynamic.
Hopefully how the US did tonight will hype up everyone else and it will improve for tomorrow and Sunday. We'll see what happens.
It is perfect and I feel excited. It is my first world record in this championship. What is special is the atmosphere here is so good and I like the pool. The competition is hard but it is a great push to me.
I'm going to keep living my life the way I've been living my life, and nothing is going to change that even if the Olympics are coming up.
I think after the 2008 Olympics I wasn't really satisfied with the outcome, so I knew I had to change some things.
I wasn't really happy with the way 2008 turned out for me. I wanted to change some things.
I have a lot of endurance and I have a good background right now in my training and it's time to get ready.
My senior year of high school, when I was getting recruited for college, my dad goes to me, 'You can become an Olympic champion.' And that's the first time that I'd heard someone else say that to me. I was like, 'Uh, are you talking to me?