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.