Being a champion doesn’t mean winning every race. It’s also about character, bouncing back from setbacks, and continuing to move toward your goal. Natalie Coughlin, 33, is a 12-time Olympic medalist, three of them gold, but didn’t make the cut for the Rio Olympic Games in August.
“I’m bummed I’m not going to Rio, but it is what it is,” Coughlin said recently, adding that she is not using the word “retiring.” “So, I’ve always approached my goals with the intensity of controlling what I can control and letting everything else go. And then if I stumble or if I don’t achieve that goal, I evaluate what happened, what could I have done better and then move forward.”
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