Splash - May/June 2012 - (Page 32)

UNDER by Emily Sampl PRESSURE RobERt MARGAlis O f the hundreds of swim meets held each year in the United States, one stands out above the rest: Olympic Trials. Every four years, more than a thousand of the country’s elite swimmers gather for an eight-day, pressure-packed meet, all hoping to realize their lifelong dream of competing in the Olympic Games. DiLiP visHWanat/Getty imaGes CHRis mCGRatH/Getty imaGes W ith only 26 roster spots available for both men and women, nerves and excitement are high and room for error is virtually zero. Who better to ask how they handle the expectations and hype surrounding this meet than a couple of swimmers who have been through it all before? National Teamers Elizabeth Pelton, Robert Margalis and Allison Schmitt share some of their experiences at Trials. DEscRibE YoUR EMotioNs lEADiNG Up to tRiAls. pEltoN: Nervous. Excited. Anxious. In the end, this meet has the feeling of any other end- of-the-season meet. With that comes excitement, nervousness and anxiousness, but all positive feelings. It’s just about seeing how well you can do after working the whole season towards your personal goals. scHMitt: Before 2008, I was excited because EliZAbEtH pEltoN Want more tips from National teamers on how to deal with the pressures of a big meet like trials? Watch this video. splAsH • May/June 2012 • The TRIALS ISSue it was my first Trials, and I didn’t know what to expect. I was a youngster in our training group that had a lot of elite athletes. Now, leading into 2012, I am one of the older ones. As I have already experienced Trials, the Olympics and other international competitions, I feel more prepared and ready for this summer. 32

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - May/June 2012

Splash - May/June 2012
Contents
About Trials...
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Keys to Success
Training With
Athletic Foodie
Olympic Trials Preview
The Swimmers
Rank & File
Third Is No Charm
Repeat Performance
Trials Pressures
Behind the Scenes
The Venue
Alex Meyer
Making the Team
Interactive
Swim Nut Zeke
Ultimate Pump-Up Song
Best Race Ever
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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