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gold in 2004, helping upset the favored Australians in the
800m free relay. In 2008, he won his first individual gold in the 200m
backstroke. He then followed suit in 2012 with another individual gold
in the 400m IM. He’s now busy promoting his new reality show and
training for the 2013 World Championship Trials.
HOw DID YOU GET INTO SwIMMING?
My mom and my dad were both swim coaches, so I was always
brought up around the pool. They were both swimmers, so I guess
you can say there’s chlorine running through our veins.
wHO wAS INflUENTIAl IN YOUR lIfE BOTH IN AND
OUT Of THE POOl?
It would have to be my family. I’ve looked up to them in every aspect
of my life, whether it’s swimming or outside of swimming. They’ve
helped me through thick and thin. They’ve been my biggest fans, my
biggest supporters, and I love them to death.
AT wHAT POINT IN YOUR CAREER DID YOU REAlIzE AN
OlYMPIC GOlD MEDAl wAS POSSIBlE?
It was something I dreamed about ever since I was 11 or 12 years old.
It’s something I always wanted, but I didn’t think it was possible until
about my freshman year of college.
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wHAT wAS YOUR fIRST THOUGHT wHEN YOU
REAlIzED YOU wON OlYMPIC GOlD?
It was a big relief. I just remember touching the wall and looking up
at the ceiling and being like, “Yes, thank you.” Like, someone out
there helped me out through that. All that hard work, all those long
mornings of just waking up, those grueling practices, it finally paid off.
wHAT’S lIfE lIKE fOR YOU OUTSIDE Of THE POOl?
wHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS/HOBBIES?
I’m not your normal Olympian. When people think of Olympians, they
think they eat, they train, they sleep. That’s their life. For me, that’s
not the case; it’s only a little part of it. I like to do other things. I love
skateboarding. I love playing basketball. I love surfing. I love doing stuff
outside of the sport. I love going out dancing with my friends. I love
hanging out with them and having a different life outside of swimming,
because anyone can tell you, when you’re a swimmer, you’re in the
water pretty much your entire day. I know how to separate it, and I do
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yan Lochte is no stranger to olympic success. He won his first
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - May/June 2013
Splash - May/June 2013
Table of Contents
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength and Conditioning: You don’t know Squat!
Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During and After a Workout
Mental Training: Quick Tips for Addressing Your Mental Concerns
Lessons from the Masters
Best Race Ever
Swim Nut Zeke
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes
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