How Penny Oleksiak is managing life in isolation with a tip from Michael Phelps


A Michael Phelps book recommendation resonates with Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak more than ever these days.

Oleksiak has read Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” multiple times since the American swim legend suggested the title to her.

The 19-year-old dove back into the book when the COVID-19 pandemic forced her out of the pool in March and into confinement in her Toronto apartment.

“I feel like I could recite the whole book by now,” Oleksiak told The Canadian Press on Monday. “Michael Phelps actually recommended it to me.

“The first time I read it, I became obsessed with it. It just teaches you to live now and be present with everything that’s going on in your life.”

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