On Taking Risks by Richard Quick (2003)


Introduction by Peter Daland: Richard Quick is going to be our speaker and his credentials are quite impressive. He was a successful age group swimmer for the Wichita Swim Club in Kansas under Bob Timmons. As a young coach, Richard started out at the Dad’s Club in Houston, Texas where many famous coaches began their careers. He coached for the Spring Branch Memorial High School and later moved on to the Dallas Swim Club. While at Dallas, he was also an assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern Methodist. He later went to Iowa State. Later, I remember a conversation we had about his thoughts of going to Auburn. I told him it was one tough, bloodstained league. He did go and was very successful there. He coached both men and women. Most people think Richard is only a woman’s coach. He is a very good men’s coach as well. He was in Auburn for four years. There was a guy named Gaines that swam for him. Richard then went to Texas, exclusively as a women’s coach and won a lot of NCAA championships there. To prove that he could do it at another institution he moved to Stanford where he is now in his 16th year and has piled up another slew of wins and how do I know it? I was at USC – Stanford’s primary rival. Richard is a three time Olympic Head coach. A guy is lucky to get it once and he did it three times. He has been an outstanding coach at the world level and he is going to talk to you tonight. Please welcome our keynote speaker.

Richard Quick: It is an honor to be here and Peter, thank you very much for that very kind introduction. The only thing that you missed out on – years ago when I used to speak for Peter at some of his clinics – he used to introduce me as a young man and Peter, you don’t do that anymore.

I would like to start out on a serious note. In 1994 at the World championships in Rome it became very, very clear that our sport at the international level was dirty and infested with performance enhancing drugs. There was a gentleman during that period of time who played a significant role in having the international governing body, FINA, attack that problem. It was a gentleman by the name of Dr. Alan Richardson. Tonight’s talk is on taking risks. Alan Richardson took on the risk of fighting the drug issue in our sport and it affects everybody here. One of the reasons we all have jobs and our sport is considered a good place for children to be is we have a clean sport. Alan Richardson had a lot to do with that. He lost the battle with cancer August 31 and I would like to dedicate this talk to Alan Richardson.

The title of the talk assigned to me by John Leonard is “On Risk Taking”, so I have taken the liberty to expand on that a bit. The risk taking and the little things done consistently well on a regular basis are far more important than the spectacular done once in a while. I would like to start the talk off by having you watch Misty Hyman’s gold medal swim in Sydney in the 200 meter butterfly. Before that starts I would like you to know that I take very, very little credit for that performance. That swim is mostly Misty and her lifetime club coach, Bob Gillette of the Arizona Desert Fox. Misty learned how to win with Bob Gillette. She was a national champion before she ever came to Stanford. Misty had her basic understanding of technique, particularly her under water skill, taught by Bob Gillette, who by the way is a tremendous risk taker. More important than anything – she had a vision.

I think as young as her sophomore year she started after Mary T’s immortal records, finally having an opportunity to break that record in this race. Guy, could we show this race? I am going to ask you to watch it at the end. My goal is to tie the title of the talk to the race.

Now I am going to try to talk about risk taking and how paying attention to the little things makes the big differences. I will show the race again and maybe you will look at it in a slightly different way.

I want to go over why I am the person that John selected to talk about risk taking. It started when I was first interviewed for the Dad’s Club job by an executive from Florsheim shoes. I was 22 years old. I was right out of college and he told me in the meeting, “You are far too young to be the head coach of the Dad’s Club and you are far too inexperienced, but if you would ever like to sell shoes you know I will pay you a lot more than they are going to pay the coach of the Dad’s Club”. He didn’t know that ever since I had been 12 years old I wanted to be a swimming coach. So in the face of possibly making a lot more money as a swimming coach, I took the risk of accepting a job that they couldn’t get anyone else to take. I got paid $400 a month for a three-month contract. It was a hand-shake contract and it was a good deal. During that summer I lobbied for the high school job and got it. Those two jobs pretty well tied together. For six years, while I was coaching the Dad’s Club and Spring Branch Memorial high school, I worked from 6 o’clock in the morning on the pool deck until 9 o’clock at night and in between I was teaching school full time. I tell you because that was a risk. I think selling shoes for Florsheim, we would have worked hard, maybe not that many hours, but a swimming coach needs to be dedicated.

During that time – during those six years I took two risks that I would like to tell you about briefly. One was a discussion I will never forget with one person particularly on the Board of Directors of the Dad’s Club. It was about salary. I had been to one of these clinics and I think Jack Nelson was the guy telling the story. He said, “Coaches, if you don’t have respect for yourself and demand a certain salary and charge whatever” and in fact Jack, I remember, charged for his swimming lessons based on what it cost him to have his children go to the dentist every year. Anyway this Board of Directors didn’t want to give me a raise. In fact, they said, “Well gosh, you are making – how much are you making at the high school?” I told them it was none of their business. In doing a job for the Dad’s club, I explained I don’t do the same job two years in a row for the same amount of money. I finally won. I am not saying you should take the same risk because I don’t want you to lose your job over that, but it was a big risk because I wasn’t going to do the same job two years in a row. A little bit later while I was at the Dad’s club, we did not have a senior program. In the state of Texas, a group of coaches got together and established a senior circuit. Now at the time, the Dad’s club was an age group based program and they wanted me to go to every age group meet. I did, but we were not taking care of the seniors in our program, nor in the state of Texas so we established a thing called the senior circuit. Now it is established and it is one of the best things going in an area, but it was a risk for not only me as an age group coach, but several age group coaches in the state of Texas. Shape your sport. Take the risk to govern and shape your sport locally, nationally and internationally. If you don’t do it, somebody who cares less about the sport and the children in it will. Later, I moved to the Dallas Swim Club.

I was an assistant coach at SMU and started the Dallas Swim Club. I don’t know whether you would call it a mission statement but the mission statement was “A club run by coaches for athletes”. We didn’t have a parent board of directors. We had a fund raising arm and it was vital, but it wasn’t so vital, nor could they raise so much money that they could fire the coach. That was a risk. I didn’t know how to start a business or anything like that. Ladies and gentlemen, you know and I am going to miss some people, a lot of people, but Murray Stevens – I talked with him at the national championships. He has built his own facility. He took the risk to build his own facility and it took him at least three years. I don’t have all the details but one thing I would like to tell you is that one of his coaches, in fact a great, great, great coach coaching the great Michael Phelps, Bob Bowman, while he has been coaching Michael Phelps, was also laying cement in Murray Stevens’ facilities and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Doing what it takes. Taking the risk.

Little things – doing what it takes. Bob Galette built his own facility. A beautiful facility in Phoenix; Jim Wood of Berkeley Aquatics – I think built his own facility. Some other coaches that have run their own clubs without boards of directors include: Rick Curl, John Collins and again I am missing many. All of these people have produced Olympians. They have taken the risk to be in charge of their own destiny. I tell you a little of that because it is my history, the way I operate, to challenge and to take a risk.

Back to Misty – 13 months prior to the Olympic games there was a Pan-Pacific championship in Sydney, in the Olympic pool and Misty swims the 200 butterfly against Suzie O’Neil and Suzie O’Neil beat Misty badly. Suzie comes home in about 33 seconds in the 200 butterfly and Misty comes home at about 37 or 38. Ladies and gentlemen – that is ugly, like a freight train going by a hobo. I met Misty in the hallway, underneath the bleachers as we walked to the warm-down pool after the race. I put my arm around her and I took a risk – she was really doubting herself. She was really upset. She didn’t know whether she deserved to have a chance to even make the Olympic team and I told her, “Misty, I know that you are the only person on the face of the earth that can beat Suzie O’Neil, but it doesn’t make any difference what I know, it is what you believe that counts and I gave her about three or four reasons why I knew she was the only one who could beat Suzie O’Neil. One of those reasons was she had ¾ of the race figured out. All she had to do was figure out how to swim the last 50. How many times do we allow our athletes to focus on the things that they don’t do and get discouraged and they do not celebrate what they can do and, therefore, they cannot move by what they cant do. During that conversation, I mean it was not a very long walk and it is not anything I could rehearse, but during that conversation, I kind of challenged Misty on a couple of things.

Misty Hyman loves Bob Gallette. She has a tremendous loyalty, justifiably so and I am taking a little bit of a risk right now, but Misty needed to decide if for this period of time if Bob was going to be her coach or was I going to be her coach and I told her in that walk. Misty, don’t try to satisfy both of us, we both love you. We both want you on the Olympic team. We both know you can be there, but if you want to swim for Bob swim for Bob and I will be cheering for you. Stop out of school a year or come back to Stanford, but if you do let me be your coach and that doesn’t mean you don’t love Bob. That goes back to some other challenges I have had in my life.

When I was coaching the Dad’s club, the very best swimmer on the team the first summer I was there was the worst worker. She was horrible. She thought she was a sprinter and for 75 meters she was ahead every time we raced a hundred and every single time she got beat the last 25 meters so at the end of the first summer of coaching I took the very best swimmer on the team and I said, her name was Bonnie, I said, Bonnie you need to go to another team because I know you are very talented, but I cant stand to have you on this team and not realizing your talent and influencing the rest of the team. She didn’t work hard, she didn’t come to practice. She was just a nightmare. Well, she asked me for a second chance. I said okay, but the first time you miss practice you are off the team. Well, she didn’t miss a second of practice that whole year and at the end of the year she qualified for the national championships in the 100, 200, 400 and the 1500 meter freestyle. She won the senior state championships in Texas in all four of those events, but I was scared to death. I took the risk when I first said that – here is the best swimmer, I am a brand new coach and I am trying to get rid of the best swimmer. I also had taken the risk of setting goals.

Now you may say, “ugh, that is not much of a risk, coach, everybody sets goals”. Now a goal is what you are going to do. It changes everything about you and it is your goal. I will never forget Jenny Thompson’s freshman year at Stanford. We were doing pull ups in a dry land circuit. We did them for two minutes. Have you ever tried to do pull ups for two minutes? Probably too long, but you know it is hard. I cant hang onto the bar for two minutes without doing any pull ups. Well I would go over and help the girls with their pull ups and I would help Jenny and as I would help her I am whispering in her ear, 53, 53, 53. I am referring to 53 seconds for 100 meter freestyle. One day Jenny drops off the bar and said coach or she said dummy maybe, she said Richard, I haven’t even been 55 yet and you are saying 53. Can you say 54? And you know something? Jenny was right. It needs to be her goal.

Coaches, it is our responsibility to tell somebody how good they can be. They don’t have the experience, but let their goals be their goals and you know what is neat about goals? Oh, by the way – a little bit later we are doing the pull ups and I am whispering 54 like Jenny wanted me to and one day she dropped off the bar and she said, its okay, you can say 53 now and in the Olympic trials in 1992 Jenny Thompson in the preliminaries touched the wall, looked up on the scoreboard and saw 54.4 and for an instant she was disappointed because her goal to the fiber of what she was, was a 53 hundred meter freestyle. She got excited pretty quickly because it was a new world record. The first time a woman from the United States had held that world record in over 60 years, but a goal changes everything about you. How you think, how you train, how you act. If it doesn’t – a goal is not a hope. It is not something I am going to try to do –not something I hope I can do. I don’t believe in reaching for the stars so that maybe you can hit the moon. If you are standing on the moon you have a better view of the stars so in that walk down that hallway I was helping Misty kind of reestablish a goal at a down time in her career. In a time when she was doubting herself. Now I would also like to tell you just a brief story about goals, about Rowdy Gaines.

Rowdy was the world record holder in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle during the 1980s and we had the boycott of the Olympic games. It was devastating. He came back to school in the fall and came into my office and he said, “Richard, I just can’t do this any more. They robbed me of my dreams and I just can’t do it. I can’t get psyched up to do it anymore”. I took a risk here. Man was I nervous. He was the best swimmer on the team, world record holder, team captain. I mean, our team is not very good without him and I said Rowdy, why don’t you think about this. You have the option of course and I thank you for everything you have done for me and for Auburn swimming, but why don’t you think about coming back to the team, and I borrowed this phrase from a good friend of mine – Jeff Goforth, why don’t you come back to the team and make everybody on the team better because you are here? Throw yourself into the team and I also challenged him, I said, you know you have always been a good student, by the way he had always been a good team player too. You have always been a good student but why don’t you be the best student you can be.

Well, Rowdy came back and he worked his guts out. He made everybody on the team better because he was there. Our team finished very high in the NCAA championships. He smashed the American record in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle and he set a new world record in the 100 meter freestyle that year. You see about goals, it is important to, as coaches, help people set goals in other areas of their life, not just in swimming. In fact, swimming is the tool that we use to help young people become better citizens and better parents and you know, that is our tool as coaches – we are teachers. Goals do another thing for you. They see you through disappointment. Say I wanted to be a swimming coach. My first great swimmer was a girl at the time by the name of Kena Rothhammer. Kena was a great, great swimmer. I think at 13 she qualified for every event in the national championships and I told her mom, Debbie Myers has been dominating distance swimming, but I think that Kena can do a great job there. There is a little bit of a void and she can get right in there an fill that void. Well, her mom said, Richard – she is a backstroker and with that she takes Kena to Santa Clara Swim Club to swim for the great George Haines. I was devastated. You know, I got real discouraged. I said, the best swimmers in my program leave – I don’t know if I am a very good swimming coach. By the way, Kena won the 800 meter freestyle – a distance freestyle race in the 1972 Olympic games. Goals see you through those disappointments.

Jenny Thompson, the only time she kind of had a disappointing meet as far as I am concerned was the Olympic trials in 1996, but she reestablished her goals. She swam fantastic in the Olympic games in Atlanta and won three gold medals on relays. Summer Sanders – goals see you through negativism that exists in your world. Summer Sanders in the Olympic trials –made the Olympic team in four events. The press loved Summer Sanders. They loved her name. They loved her beauty. They loved the fact that she was from Stanford. They painted her as going to be the star of the summer Olympic games. It wasn’t fair because she wasn’t ranked #1 in the world in any event and most of you know the Olympic games is longer now. Back in those days it was a six day meet and the first day Summer swam the 400 individual medley and had a fantastic race. She lead most of the way. A couple of people get by her at the end and she comes third. Afterwards the press said things like, “Summer what is the matter. Why didn’t you win that race?” Summer’s answer was I just swam my lifetime best time – in fact, it is a new American record and I have won a bronze medal in the Olympic games – I couldn’t be happier. A couple of days later Summer swam the 200 individual medley. She leads the race most of the way, gets touched out right at the end by somebody that later on was found to be a cheater and the press picked it up. “Summer, are you going to win anything in this meet. You are having a bad meet aren’t you?” Now look, there is more press at the Olympic games than there is at the Super Bowl because it is a worldwide event. That is a lot of cameras – a lot of reporters asking those questions. I wanted to ask some of those reporters if they were the second best reporter in the world today. I wanted to hit them in the nose, but Summer Sanders had a lot more class than that and she said, “I just swam my lifetime best time, in fact, it is a new American record. I just won a silver medal in the Olympic games”.

Finally, the last day of the meet rolls around and Summer is swimming the 200 butterfly. Now if you know Summer, if you knew her then, she was known as the front runner. Somebody who liked to get out in front and stay there and if you were going to beat her by golly you were going to have to swim by her at the end. That was her history. Well, Summer in the 200 butterfly, at the end of the first 50 she was in third place. At the end of the 100 she was in third place – in fact with 10 meters to go she is still in third place – a place she doesn’t like, a place she is uncomfortable with – I’d call that a critical moment. She had a decision to make. She had to take a risk. Was she still going to live her dream and go for it or was she going to listen to all that negativism that she had been hearing for the five previous days; the people telling her she might not win and having a bad meet. It was an easy decision for Summer because it was no decision. She practiced every day for that critical moment. She took the risk. I ask her once in a while to take that risk in practice. In fact, I asked it of her every day and I am proud of her. She found a way to win that race in the last stroke, that I am really proud that she didn’t buy into the negativism. The real goals that you work on with your athletes help make that decision, they can live through the negativism and the setbacks.

I have been associated with five Olympic games for the United States. The most talented people do not make the Olympic team. Let me say that again – the most talented people do not make the Olympic team. The people who make the Olympic team are the people that set high goals and work consistently toward those goals through the setbacks and disappointments. Those are the people that make the team. Now every once in a while you have a great, talented athlete that also works their guts out with high goals through the disappointments. Here you have Michael Phelps or a Mark Spitz, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, but most people don’t take care of their talent. Goals, taking the risk to really set goals and help your athletes live goals in my opinion, can be one of the great things that you can teach.

Misty Hyman did not win an NCAA championship for the first time in her career in the year 2000. The year she won an Olympic gold medal she didn’t win an NCAA championship. A set back and disappointment yet, her belief system got her through that. She had some illnesses she had to battle. Her belief system got through that. Coaches, take the risk of helping your athletes truly believe in themselves. We talk about believe and belief. Believe and belief. Take the risk of paying attention to the little things, the little things that add up to the big difference. I watched Pablo Morales when he was working with Skip Kenney, the men’s coach at Stanford. I watched him after practice work on his finishes. You know, as coaches we talk about streamlining our starts and streamlining our turns, but Pablo went to school on Matt Biondi’s loss in the 100 meter butterfly in Seoul because he did not streamline his finish as well as he might have. So Pablo at the end of practice, on his own, when the rest of the team is getting out and most times without coaches there, he practiced streamlining his finish almost every day. Pablo Morales wins the Olympic gold medal in the 100 meter butterfly in 1992 by 3/100 of a second and he had to streamline the finish. He didn’t have to think about it. He just got to it because he had been practicing for that critical moment. When you watch the videotape next time I want you to notice, particularly the last turn. Misty Hyman’s rotation on the last turn is faster than the other two girls. Their first priority was getting a breath, not changing direction. Misty had six kicks under water. The other two athletes in the race took two kicks under water. Misty breaks out without a breath – the other two girls, two kicks – they get a breath their first stroke. Their priority was breathing, thank goodness, rather than getting to the other end of the pool. Now, I never had to tell Misty because she was taught by Bob to not take a breath the first stroke out of the wall. Little things.

The trap we all fall into when you talk about little things. A kid will be doing a great workout for you on the watch. Swimming faster repeats than they ever have, but they are taking a breath off of every wall or they are doing an illegal turn, but because the watch is saying something we don’t take the risk to say, that is not acceptable. It is good effort, but it is not acceptable. You need to breathe every third stroke. You need to keep that kick steady like you are going to race, etc. You must take the risk of asking people to do the little things to make the big difference.

Strategy: Misty Hyman wins the Olympic trials in 2000 with her lifetime best time of 2:09.3. She takes nine kicks off of every wall. After the Olympic trials, as we are putting the groups together for the Olympic games, I took another risk. I asked her to consider changing her strategy to nine kicks off the start and then six kicks off of each wall afterwards. Now look, she just swam a lifetime best time. She just made the Olympic team – a lifelong dream and you need to understand that Misty Hyman before they changed the rules used to swim 35 meters under water the first length and then go back under and swim 25 again. Her ego was wrapped up as an underwater athlete and I am asking her to change to six kicks? In fact I asked her so emphatically that I challenged her. I said Misty, I really want you in my group as we are dividing the groups up, but if you don’t want to do six kicks I need to put you with somebody else. Now Misty’s eyes are real big and tears are coming out of her eyes because we are talking about changing a strategy that she had lived with for years. I just told her I know this is best Misty, and you will prove it to yourself in this training camp. You will prove it to yourself. I think you can ask any coach that was in that training camp if they watched Misty Hyman train, and they would say it was an extraordinary training camp. So, we did compromise a bit on that strategy; it was 9, 7, 6, 6. I was able to do that because again, in an Olympic situation, I had an occasion to ask somebody to change their strategy.

Rowdy Gaines in 1984, I believe swam the 100 free. I think it was the second day, or maybe the third day of the Olympic games and there was a starter, I believe from Brazil who had a history of never, ever having any false starts in his races so I mean, take your mark, go. It was unbelievable how fast he was so Rowdy’s style was to step up with both feet and then step back with one. The day before he swam the 100 freestyle, I said, “Rowdy, you don’t have time to step up with both and step back with one. You just need to get down and go, don’t wait for any guy.” Well, here is where the risk came in. In the preliminaries, Rowdy follows that strategy and false starts and the starter calls him back and Rowdy hated to false start. “Well you don’t want me to do that again do you?” “I sure do!”, I said. He was in front of 17,000 people and he is not calling anybody back. Well Rowdy got a great, a great start. He wasn’t the only one in the race but of the important swimmers he was. He got the best start by far. Now, you have to have a certain relationship with your athletes to ask them to change their strategy, but take a risk.

How do you do it with a 10 year old? Here is the way you do it. You have a national qualifying breaststroker who is swimming that spider breaststroke. You know that style is not going to be any good when they get to be 15 or 16 and get a little bit bigger, but they can get by with little skinny legs and little skinny arms and a little skinny body. If you don’t take the risk to temporarily slow them down, to teach them how to do the technique right, then you are doing that athlete a disservice. Take the risk to really coach. One other thing I would like to suggest to you is you take the risk to learn as much as you can. One of the things I have been able to do is I try to surround myself with people who are a lot better, and a lot smarter than I am.

I read a story years ago about a great tennis player. She had a conditioning coach, a massage person, somebody who helped her with the technique of her game and I thought boy, that is what I think I need to do is try to provide that kind of thing. Now you are probably saying coach, how can I do that on my budget. Well, I can tell you how you do it. You read books. You buy videotapes. You go to clinics like this one and learn as much as you can. You might even go on a vacation and on that vacation visit somebody that you know can teach you a lot, whether it is another coach or somebody in another field. Take the risk of doing that. I took the risk of raising $100,000 prior to the last Olympic games to take 8 people to Sydney. I had to rent a house outside the Olympic village in order to have the people that played a role in our athletes getting to Sydney to help them at the Olympic games at the critical moment.

One of those people is Bill Boomer. Bill Boomer is a technical expert. I have been coaching for 38 years. I want to listen to what Bill Boomer has to say and he has never coached anybody that could have made an Olympic team when he was in his coaching career. In fact, most of his guys probably would have had trouble making the Stanford swimming team. Women’s swimming team I mean. He knows something about technique. There was a guy by the name of Richard Dianna that I took over there who is involved with this thing called “Knowing ………….. thinking”. Little things. Misty was trained in knowing awareness and thinking.

Let tell the story before we watch the video tape again. In the preliminaries Misty goes 2:07 in the 200 butterfly. It looks like a symphony. It is an easy swim. She skips right over the 2:08’s and goes 2:07+. Great swim. It is a swim that Richard and I called being in her original state. She was just having fun. Semifinal swim that night – a little bit slower, not much, still in the 2:07’s but a little slower. An ugly, hard swim, but you have to understand something; Misty has a history of swimming fast in the preliminaries and not quite as fast in the finals. So I ask her, “Do you want to be special tomorrow night in the finals?” “Absolutely, I do”, was the answer from Misty. I said, “This was a learned state swim, wasn’t it? It was a hard swim wasn’t it?” “Yeah.” I asked her what caused it to be a hard swim. Well she told me four things – this is interesting because it is amazing what affects your athletes:

#1 “When I came to the pool I didn’t know what to do for warm-up.” Here is a girl that has been training for 13 or 14 years? Didn’t know what to do for warm-up? I didn’t get mad at her about that. I said “Look, tonight when you come to the pool you tell me what your warm-up is going to be. If I have any suggestions I will give it to you.” By the way, it was that night before the finals – her worst warm-up of the meet. It was her worst practice of the meet and of the whole training camp.

#2 “I didn’t get the rubdown from the person I wanted to get the rubdown from.” I said, “Tomorrow then I want you to make an appointment with that person and make sure you get your rubdown from the person you want.” “Ok, I will do that.”

#3. “My fast skin suit broke when I was putting it on in the dressing room.” I was standing right outside the dressing room, the managers got her a suit right away but it took her out of her comfortable original state. I told her to take two suits in that ready room. If one breaks you have your backup.

#4 “I got in the waiting room too early.” I said well, I will be in charge of that. I will make sure you don’t get in there too early.

So we did all those things and by the way I said one other thing to her. I said, “Misty, plan for something to go wrong because you cannot plan for everything. Plan for something to go wrong.” Well, something did go wrong. The person who was going to give her a massage got caught in traffic and wasn’t there so she had to get her massage from somebody else, but she was just flowing then because she planned for that.

Now I want you to notice when you watch the race, who is in their original state the most? Who is in the relaxed state where they had the ability to function? You can see I think that Misty is in the moment. She is getting ready to enjoy the competitive opportunity.

Coaches, don’t make races and meets so much bigger than they are. Let your athletes enjoy them. It is just a small race or even a big one. I want you to notice that and I don’t want to be critical here. I am not going to be critical of her competitors – they are great. Suzy O’Neil is a fantastic human being. Fantastic champion. Had tremendous experience. Petra Thomas, a big strong girl, but I want you to notice the rhythm of the swim. Notice that because Misty was in her original state, because she was able to relax at the critical moment, she is able to let her full potential come out. I want you to watch particularly the last turn. I want you to notice the speed of the rotation. I want you to notice that Misty takes a breath late in that rotation and the other two girls get their breath first and then try to turn. I want you to notice the under water work and sometimes if you don’t change strategy you get the same result. Lets watch it again and look at it just a little bit differently:

Ladies and gentleman, extraordinary performance is the result of extraordinary preparation. It is our job to design that preparation. Thank you very much for your attention.

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