7 Motivational Quotes from Swimming Legends

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Motivational Quotes from Swimming Legends:

1. “Without goals, training has no direction.” – Natalie Coughlin

World Swimmer of the Year and twelve-time Olympic medallist Natalie Coughlin knew how important goal-setting was to success. No matter how hard you train, you won’t fully reach your potential if you don’t have a very clear idea of where you’re headed. Set goals that are measurable and achievable so that you have something to work toward.


2. “It’s what you do with the rough patches that will define the athlete that you’ll become.” – Dana Vollmer

Every swimmer has rough patches in their career. There are days when it’s hard to get out of bed, races that don’t go as planned, and seasons that fall short of expectations. What’s important is not whether or not you experience challenges and setbacks – every swimmer does – but how you respond. The ability to overcome obstacles is vitally important; how you learn and grow from rough patches will determine your success in the sport.

3. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi

Success is not achieved overnight. It requires years and years of dedication and determination. When you inevitably hit roadblocks on your journey, you might be tempted to give up. But it’s these moments that require the most amount of perseverance. If you’re able to keep pushing through challenges, you’ll be better equipped to turn failure into success. 

4. “If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren’t willing to do.” – Michael Phelps

Remember that if you’re only willing to work as hard as the average swimmer, you’ll be average yourself. Swimmers that only do the bare minimum and expect greatness will suffer endless disappointments as they’re trapped in mediocrity. Phelps knew that if he wanted to be the best in the world, he would have to push the boundaries and redefine what was considered possible.

5. “People ask me, ‘what was going through your mind in the race?’ and I don’t know. I try and… let my body do what it knows.” – Ian Thorpe

When you’re stepping up to the blocks to race, you can’t change anything about your preparations. Your body will be primed to do what it has practiced time after time in training. Rather than stressing yourself out by obsessing over the minor details of your race, switch into autopilot and allow your body to do what it knows how to do. As long as your head is in the right place, a great race should come naturally. Just enjoy the thrill of it. 

6. “I can’t control what everyone else swims but if all goes well I know there are no limits.” – Leisel Jones

When you’re preparing to race, you need to focus on things that are within your control. How fast your opponents swim is not something you have any power over, and contemplating it will only do you a disservice – you have to swim your own race to the best of your ability regardless of what’s going on around you. Olympic gold medallist Leisel Jones recognized that she couldn’t control how fast her competitors swam, but if she prepared as best she could and remained confident in herself, there were no limits to her success.

7. “It’s not who’s put up the fastest time in the world that year, or who’s put up the fastest time in the previous four years, but who can get their hand on the wall first today.” – Nathan Adrian

Previous results have no impact on the results of today, because as we know, there are no guarantees. Anything can happen in a race; predictions are often invalidated when favourites fall to underdogs. No matter how invincible a swimmer may seem, they can be beaten. Forget about the past and consider the possibilities when you’re stepping up to race – all that matters is who gets their hand on the wall first today.

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