Fun on the White House lawn

A couple weeks ago, the Olympic Team was able to travel to the White House.  Aside from enjoying the company of one another, we were able to shake hands with the President, VP, and First Lady.  It was a tremendous honor.  What do you think Schmitty, did we have fun?    

Interview with Beyond the Ultimate

Here is an interview I did for Beyond the Ultimate (www.beyondtheultimate.org) in the Olympic Village one afternoon.  We didn’t let a little rain get in the way of a good time–thanks to Tim, Nate and everyone else at the Olympics representing Athletes in Action! Having perspective during the high’s and low’s in life and my […]

Thank you

I have had the privilege to work with many great coaches throughout my career. The following three are most responsible for my development as an athlete. Ron Turner was my coach at the YMCA of the Triangle and served as the catalyst for my Olympic pursuit. His knowledge and ability to execute in developing talent […]

Another great opportunity!

If you’re like me, then you know how much fun it is to capitalize on the opportunities presented to you! Although my 400 Freestyle at Olympic Trials did not go as I had hoped, I was lucky to have an equally great opportunity in the 200 Freestyle–fortunately, I capitalized on that swim! I will be […]

A powerful ally

In this scene in The Empire Strikes Back, we see archetypal hero Luke Skywalker attempting, and failing, to do the impossible—move his spaceship out of the swamp with “the force”.  In the original Star Wars trilogy, director/producer George Lucas created a believable science-fiction world where viewers bought into the elusively abstract concept of “the force”.  The […]