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KEYS TO SUCCESS STARTING BLOCKS Andrew Gemmell won the 1500m freestyle at last year’s Olympic Trials to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team. Watch the video here. ANDREW GEMMELL By Bob Schaller 1 PERSEVERANCE. Swimming is not a sport for people who want immediate payoffs. That’s something my dad stressed to me my whole life. That willingness to dedicate yourself for four years at a time is something that is just essential to success. You have to get through the highs and lows. But if you persevere the whole time, you will be successful. 2 PASSION. This is one that is super important. I think you have to love what you do, and that’s something you saw from many people on the 2012 U.S. National Team. You will also see that on the more successful college teams, especially those that are in contention at NCAAs. There is too much sacrifice and too much to do that if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t be successful. If you don’t enjoy it, you are wasting your time, your coaches’ time and your teammates’ time. You have to love doing it to give that much of yourself to this. 20 SPLASH • March/April 2013 BELIEVE IN THE VALUE OF HARD WORk. This is one that I believe in very deeply. I believe if you work hard you will be successful. You might not be successful next month or next year, but if you work hard, it will pay off. For me, that has always been the case. For me, it was disappointing to miss making the U.S. Open Water Olympic team. But in that process, I got in such great training, and met amazing people. So the training that went into it, regardless of the result, was in no way wasted. 3 4 DO NOT SETTLE. I am always looking for what else I can do. You always have to look for a little more. I have never been one to look for the easy way out. You can work hard and try hard at practice, but if you are not always reaching for the next milestone, then you are actually selling yourself very short. 5 NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF SETTING GOALS: I remember I missed the Olympic Team in open water. I spent the next day – even though I still qualified for World Championships – pretty bummed out. I was down and wanted to be by myself, but I had to set another goal. So I sat down with coaches Jack Roach and Frank Busch and asked them both, “What do I have to do to make the U.S. team in the mile?” That’s where my mind moved to immediately: What’s next? That was the driving motivator behind so much of what I did for four years of my life. That ability to set goals – real hard, tough goals – is something that can always make you better in all aspects of life. My goal each academic semester at the University of Georgia is to earn a 4.0 grade point average. That might not always happen, but I am going to do all I can to reach that goal. That approach and what you learn from it will also help you define what it is you want to do with your life, and how to pursue that passion successfully. JAMIE SqUIRE/GETTY IMAGES with olympic distance swimmer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcl74cG1iGs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CElaIqlAWMA

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2013

Splash - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Training With
Keys to Success
Your Photo
Athletic Foodie
Book Reviews
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Interactive
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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