"In training everyone focuses on 90% physical and 10% mental, but in the races its 90% mental because there's very little that separates us physically at the elite level".
"With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination."
"People ask me 'what was going through your mind in the race?' and I don't know. I try and ...let my body do what it knows".
"I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it".
"Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals."
"When I go out and race, I'm not trying to beat opponents, I'm trying to beat what I have done ... to beat myself, basically. People find that hard to believe because we've had such a bias to always strive to win things. If you win something and you haven't put everything into it, you haven't actually achieved anything at all. When you've had to work hard for something and you've got the best you can out of yourself on that given day, that's where you get satisfaction from."
"I have been visualizing myself every night for the past four years standing on the podium having the gold placed around my neck."
"I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them."
"You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get".
"I swam the race like I trained to swim it. It is not mathematical. I just let my body do it. It is a lot easier if you let your body do what it is trained for."
"I saw my name: THOMAS, Petria. Saw my time, 57.72. Saw the number one next to them. I'd done it. Me! Petria Thomas, Olympic champion. The feeling inside was one of pure, utter joy. Excitement, disbelief, relief, hapiness, amazement, the whole works. Id worked so hard. I'd gone through so much, privately, publicly. I'd lost faith in myself and found it again. I'd sometimes stopped believing that I could do it and that I had a purpose in life. I'd come through the darkness, and this, this moment, was the sweetest, most amazing light there could possibly be. I was alive and loving it!"
"I told myself there was no way I was going to let this training go to waste. It was my time, and I was ready to go."
“Take me out to the swim meet
take me out to the crowd
buy me some goggles and Gatorade
I don’t care if I never get back
and its route, route, route for the home team if they don’t win its a shame for its one...
two...DQ's your out at the Old swim meet!"
Put on the suit, slip on the cap, step in the water and begin your first lap
Flip turn here, hold your breath there
Up goes the sets and with big eyes we stare
From start to finish we swim our best and through the hard times we still make the rest
Through the pain and the tears we push it to the limit and hear our coach say, "Suck it up and just swim it!"
So that we do and work even harder and look back in the end and know exactly what got us farther
It was our time, patience, perseverance too.
“Swimmers are like Tea-bags…you never know how strong they are till you put them in water” -Author Unknown
“H2O: two parts heart and one part obsession” -Author Unknown
“I swim on every day that ends in a ‘Y’” -Author Unknown
What goes around comes around, just like a flip turn.
Swimming: From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.