Olympic swimmers offer advice on juggling athletics, life, school

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Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Missy Franklin, and Mel Stewart appeared at the Santa Clara Arena Grand Prix on the weekend of June 19 and shared their thoughts on juggling academics, extracurricular activities, personal health, and sports.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, said that it’s important to set a goal and stay dedicated to it.

“I can pick something, set my mind to it, and not let anything stand in my way of me being able to achieve that,” said the three-time Olympian, who tied for first with UC Berkeley’s Tom Shields in the 100 fly, placed second in the 100 and 200 free, and placed third in the 200 IM at the meet.

The journey won’t be easy, Phelps said, but the results will be rewarding.

“There are sacrifices that you do have to make from time to time. For swimmers, that is getting up at 6:30 or 6 o’clock in the morning and going to the pool,” he said.

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