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GettiNGtoKNow Olympian KIM by Bob schaller vANDeNBerG whAt’s A BiG DiFFereNCe you NotiCeD BetweeN europeANs AND AmeriCANs? harry how/Getty IMaGes how olD were you wheN you stArteD swimmiNG? I was in the pool with my brother when I was 6 years old. I started competitive swimming in the summer when I was 7 or 8. It started with my brothers, racing them in the pool. whAt AttrACteD you to swimmiNG? Being in the water. I played soccer, and ran track and field, so I was pretty athletic as a kid. Being home and being in the water in our pool, I was able to spend time with my family, and I have always liked that. you speNt A lot oF time ABroAD siNCe 2004. how DiD thAt AFFeCt your Diet? The strength of us in America is our culture. But we tend to think very far, like into the next year and year after that. In Europe, it’s more about, “What are you going to do today,” more like living in the moment and not rushing or getting ahead of yourself. They tend to take it slower and let life take them where it will. So for me, that was the big change I took from it, and while I do plan for down the line, I enjoy more living in the moment. whAt’s A trAvel trip you CAN oFFer From so mANy ADveNtures? 1 Portugal was pretty amazing for me. whAt wAs A CouNtry whose history impresseD you? Their history goes back forever, and the stories behind the buildings and different places I was traveling were fascinating. One day we visited the Royal Hunting Grounds where the kings and queens used to go hunt, and it was like a magical kingdom. It was like being in another time, trying to experience that and see these incredible images as they existed centuries ago. DiD you AlwAys miss home? In Italy, it was difficult because each meal was based on pasta, with some meat. It was challenging to find fresh fruit or fresh vegetables, especially coming from LA where I would go to Whole Foods on a daily basis. I was definitely indulging in a lot of dishes in Italy. 52 sPLAsH • March/April 2012 Remember when you travel, there will simply be a lot of things out of your control, from lost bags and late flights, to things not working out exactly the way you planned. You have to expect the unexpected. Be open-minded and open-hearted and go with the flow. I took home with me wherever I was. Thankfully now we have the Internet and phones so I could call my family whenever I needed to, from wherever I was. I can’t imagine doing that without all that technology. I was homesick at times, but the adventures I went on were definitely worth the sacrifice of being away from my home and all its comforts. That also made it better every time I came home back to my elements with loved ones.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2012

Splash - March/april 2012
Contents
Mailbag
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Grand Prix Update
Training With
Keys to Success
Club Excellence Profile
Athletic Foodie
Your Photo
Trials Pool Finds a Home
Ah, the Memories!
NCAA Championship Preview
College Swimming Dynasties
No Cow, No Cream
Top 10 List - LCM
Interactive
Getting to Know
Swim Nut Zeke
A Swimmer You May Know
Eight Songs/best Race Ever
Plugged In
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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