Tonight we had the chance to watch our grand-niece's swim meet, and it must have been the smell of the chlorine that triggered so many wonderful memories of the sport I love. Swimming was a big part of my life for 12 years, having been a competitive swimmer from about 9 years old until I … Continue reading I Miss Those Days
I've loved to compete my whole life. It didn't matter what it was - sports, academics, who could hold their breath the longest. I wasn't good at most sports, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the thrill of competition, whether it was against another team or against myself. These days, most of my competition … Continue reading There’s Just Something About Competition
Don Schollander. Schollander was the first swimmer to win four Gold Medals in one Olympics, doing so in Tokyo in 1964 at the young age of 18. Schollander also won the 1964 James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, and the AP Athlete of the Year, easily defeating runner-up Johnny Unitas. Schollander followed … Continue reading Before Katie Ledecky, Before Michael Phelps, Before Mark Spitz, There Was…
Who would have known that a decision I made as a nine-year-old would have predicted the career I have chosen for the past 33 years. When I was about nine-years-old I discovered that I liked swimming, and with my parents' encouragement, I joined the local swim team. I think back then swimming was a more … Continue reading A Choice I Made as a Nine-Year-Old Determined My Career Path
As another day goes by of feeling sub-par, I was reminded of one of the greatest achievements in sports that I've witnessed. I don't remember the exact year; it was either 1977, 1978, or 1979. The setting was the NCAA Division 2 National Swimming Championships, and the event was the 1,650-yard freestyle. Larry Gates of Chico State was the favorite, … Continue reading I Consider This One of the Greatest Athletic Feats I’ve Ever Witnessed
I've been thinking about this for awhile. What were some of the key events or decisions in my life that got me to where I am at today, that made me the person I am? It's a bit different than thinking about, and thanking, all of the people who have helped me along the way, … Continue reading Turning Points…
I think a perfect way to start my 30-day blogging challenge is to express my gratitude to those who have been such an important part of my life. The easiest way for me to do this will be in chronological order, so here goes! Thank you to my parents for their unconditional love and support and … Continue reading Thank you!