Here are some great inspiration quotes from the best swimmers out there. These are great for days when you just don’t feel like hitting the pool.
“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” - Matt Biondi (US Olympian)
“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” – Mark Spitz (US Olympian)
“The water is your friend…..you don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move.” - Alexandr Popov (Russian Olympian)
“It took a lot of guts to change it and say ‘I don’t like the life that I’m living and I don’t like the swimmer I am’, so let’s change it completely and say ‘Look, I’ve got to learn to love myself’. And that’s been a really hard thing to do because when you’ve done a performance that you’re not proud of and the public and the media have criticized you…..people are really quick to make judgements so it was tough to say ‘Well I don’t care what you have to say. I’m going to do this for myself and if you don’t like me after this, well then, it’s too bad’.” - Leisel Jones (Australian Olympian)
“When I go out and race, I’m not trying to beat opponents, I’m trying to beat what I have done … to beat myself, basically. People find that hard to believe because we’ve had such a bias to always strive to win things. If you win something and you haven’t put everything into it, you haven’t actually achieved anything at all. When you’ve had to work hard for something and you’ve got the best you can out of yourself on that given day, that’s where you get satisfaction from.” - Ian Thorpe (Australian Olympian)
“Never put an age limit on your dreams.” – Dara Torres (US Olympian)
“Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.” – Michael Phelps (US Olympian)
“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.” - Summer Sanders (US Olympian)
“It wasn’t so much, what did I want to do? It was, who do I want to be? - Diana Nyad (World record long-distance swimmer)
Want to read more? Take a look at what some of the AMANZI Girls have to say here.