If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail.
In everyday life there is always manana. There is no urgency.
Past performance speaks a tremendous amount about one's ability and likelihood for success.
The memories of the Munich games for me are of triumph and tragedy.
When I went to the Olympics, I had every intention of shaving the mustache off, but I realized I was getting so many comments about it - and everybody was talking about it - that I decided to keep it.
All things being equal, if we could simulate the same scenario, he has a lot more difficult task. He's elected to swim six individual events, as opposed to what I elected to do, which was four.
In my day, at 12 years old, which was 38 years ago, we worked out in summer months for two and a half hours. Today someone in that age group might work out for four hours, two hours in the morning and two at night.
I just tried to keep my cool and continue with my race plan: to win.
Life is true to form; records are meant to be broken.
By making a comeback, I'm changing the attitude of people toward me. If I'd known that people would react so enthusiastically, I'd have done it years ago.
I always wanted to be a dentist from the time I was in high school, and I was accepted to dental school in the spring of 1972. I was planning to go, but after the Olympics there were other opportunities.
I walked away from the sport for 17 years, then started swimming again recently in a master's program.
Swimming isn't everything, winning is.
The pool is terrible, but that doesn't have much to do with my record swims. That's all mental attitude.
It has nothing to do with swimming. That happens to be my sport. I'm trying to see how far I can go.
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