Splash - May/June 2012 - (Page 38)

ALREADY IN By Bob Schaller open water swimmer Alex Meyer snags the first spot on the london-bound U.s. roster, going from “being basically a nobody to being on the olympic team.” F or any swimmer with dreams of being an Olympian, the tension at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials can be suffocating. Breathe in. Breathe out. This meet represents everything they’ve trained for. Ask anyone who has been to the Olympics, and they will tell you, flat out, that the pressure to make the Olympic Team can be even greater than competing at the Games. There’s one swimmer, though, who will be entering Trials with a huge smile. That swimmer is Alex Meyer, the only one who has earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team so far. An open water swimmer, Meyer qualified for the team last year by virtue of his fourthplace finish in the 10K at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai. “I had never really been a contender for an Olympic Team before,’’ Meyer said during spring training, as he rehabbed a broken collarbone suffered in a bicycle accident. Making the team was a relief to Meyer, but even getting his own spot on the Olympic team last year is something that had a stress all its own. “It was a huge leap to go from being basically a nobody to being on the Olympic Team,” Meyer said. “The big part has been the media and all the attention you get. So from other people’s perspective, it really is a big deal.” But he didn’t get the star treatment from everyone. His coach at Harvard, Tim Murphy, pushed Meyer right into the mindset of training for the Olympics once Meyer made the team. “Everything in the past year was focused on three things: having a good race at Nationals last summer, a good race at Worlds last year and having a good race at the Olympics this year,” Meyer said. “That was the plan from the very beginning, and except for the (collarbone) injury, nothing really changed much.” Meyer’s no stranger to bouncing back from injury. He suffered a serious setback before his senior year at Harvard that many thought would keep him from having a big last season. He ended up having the best year of his career. “With just a few changes, we are still moving along with the same plan,” Meyer said. “My day-to-day life did not have to change at all based on (Trials). But you know, making the team, I am under a lot less stress.” Meyer had never been on a U.S. National Team before last year’s World Championships, but making the Olympic Team went almost more smoothly than making the 38 splAsH • May/June 2012 • The TRIALS ISSue

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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