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Defining Success


Posted on Aug 17, 2018 5:26:24 PM by Laura Dravenstott in success, in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in Missy Franklin, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community


“It’s one thing to inspire all these little girls by winning a bunch of medals. That’s easy. But it’s another thing entirely to be an inspiration when things aren’t exactly going your way.” - Missy Franklin, Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion

 

  • Few people describe winning a bunch of medals, especially gold medals, as Missy did at the 2012 London Olympics, as “easy.” It’s difficult to win a race at any meet, let alone in the most competitive swim meet in the world. Despite the difficulty and the rarity of winning or setting a record, the swimming world and American culture as a whole glorify winning, setting records, making PR’s, sustaining dominance. A definition of success based on fast times and victories can be seductive but also dangerous to a swimmer’s well-being, as Isabelle Robuck explains in “Defining Success Beyond Fast Times and Medals Just Might Save Your Swimming Career (and Life) .


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