I come to school and see my same old friends,and attend the same old classes. It hasbecome very repetitive; swim practice, school classes, and then home, toprepare for it again the next day. I hatethe routine but that is what it has become. I tried all kinds of sports in Junior high, but I was never “the best”at any of these team sports, including basketball, football, or baseball. I was good at swimming, that is where Iexcelled. I had a growth spurt in 8thgrade and thinned out, so I wasn’t as conscious of my figure, and I startedswimming in the 8th grade swim team and placed first in the DistrictMeet in all my events. When I started competing at the high schoollevel, I realized that it takes a lot more effort and practice to be able to standout and place in tournaments or invitationals at this level.
I work hard to try and top records anddevelop my swim style, but sometimes lose focus of my goals. My hero throughout my swimming career hasalways been Michael Phelps. He hasbroken all kinds of records and taken home all kinds of medals.
He is nowan American retired competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Michael also holds the all-time record for Olympic gold medals, whichis 23. It is known thatPhelps went through some legal and political issues but was later pardoned andexonerated. He was constantly under thepublic’s eye and had difficulties adjusting to the popularity andpublicity. Michael was able to complete hispractice and training.
Phelps wassuccessful from the beginning of his career in 2004 to his last competition in2016. Michael Phelpscareer has demonstrated to me that any person who dedicates their time andeffort, with a little bit of talent, can become successful. I recognize that through hard work I canbecome successful, I will be successful.