I feel akin to the Platypus. An orphan in a family. A swimmer, a recluse. Part bird, part fish, part lizard.
Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination.
I don't linger on the fact that Dawn Fraser was a great swimmer 40 years ago. That was in the past. I did break 41 world records, but I don't live on that today.
I was a competitive swimmer in middle school and high school.
The swimmer adrift on the open seas measures his strength, and strives with all his muscles to keep himself afloat. But what is he to do when there is no land on the horizon, and none beyond it?
I was the only swimmer in movies. Tarzan was long gone, and he couldn't have done them anyway; he could never have gotten into my bathing suit
People were actually approaching me on the street and thinking that I was an athlete. They couldn't quite place it, but a runner, or swimmer or something.
People wanted to be friends with me for not the right reasons. They'd introduce me to somebody else as the Olympian or the swimmer. I didn't want to stand out. I wanted to blend in.
I always tell people, I'm a better swimmer because I'm a mom and a better mom because I'm swimmer.
I always had really long swimmer's arms. The last to totally go is always my thighs and butt, but my old body is there somewhere.
Breastroke is an athletic event, butterfly is a political statement.
The things you learn from sports - setting goals, being part of a team, confidence - that's invaluable. It's not about trophies and ribbons. It's about being on time for practice, accepting challenges and being fearful of the elements.
You can't put a limit anything.
I want to be able to look back and say, 'I've done everything I can, and I was successful.' I don't want to look back and say I should have done this or that. I'd like to change things for the younger generation of swimmers coming along.
You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them.
If one synchronised swimmer drowns, do all the rest have to drown too?
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
Technique is the basis of every pursuit. If youre a sportsman or youre a singer or a swimmer, well that comes under sport but you have to develop a basic technique to know what youre doing at any given time.
Have fun, because that's what life is all about.
If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you.
I'm trying to do the best I can. I'm not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.
Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.
If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'
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