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" All things being equal, if we could simulate the same scenario, he has a lot more difficult task. He's elected to swim six individual events, as opposed to what I elected to do, which was four. "
" And if you have high cholesterol, you would feel the same as if you had low cholesterol because there are no side effects, no symptoms of having high cholesterol. "
" Because a known fact is better than an unknown fact. "
" By making a comeback, I'm changing the attitude of people toward me. If I'd known that people would react so enthusiastically, I'd have done it years ago. "
" I always wanted to be a dentist from the time I was in high school, and I was accepted to dental school in the spring of 1972. I was planning to go, but after the Olympics there were other opportunities. "
" I am not qualified to talk about the diet. Simply because I am not a dietician. "
" If he wins seven golds and ties what I did, then it would be like I was the first man on the moon and he became the second. If he wins more than seven, then he becomes the first man on Mars. We'd both be unique. "
" If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail. "
" I just tried to keep my cool and continue with my race plan: to win. "
" I'm trying to do the best I can. I'm not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today. "
" In my day, at 12 years old, which was 38 years ago, we worked out in summer months for two and a half hours. Today someone in that age group might work out for four hours, two hours in the morning and two at night. "
" I swam my brains out. "
" I walked away from the sport for 17 years, then started swimming again recently in a master's program. "
" I wasn't able to lower my cholesterol so they put me on a statin drug. It is called lipitor. I was able to lower my level in about 30 days from above 300 to below 200. "
" Life is true to form; records are meant to be broken. "
Meant To Be
" My biggest loss was the Olympics. I just can't forget losing. I never will. "
" Past performance speaks a tremendous amount about one's ability and likelihood for success. "
" So in my mind I own a lot of house records still. "
" Swimming isn't everything, winning is. "
" The only side effect of too much training is that you get into better shape. There is nothing wrong with that. "
" The pool is terrible, but that doesn't have much to do with my record swims. That's all mental attitude. "
" There are times I might coach one or two workouts a year when the regular coach gets caught in traffic. "
" Well my thoughts on American swimming are that our prospects look favorable, but we may not have as strong a showing in the gold medal count as in previous Olympics. But I am not coaching. "
" What it is saying is that someone who was a world champion and who takes care of himself with a 17-year rest and applies the proper training techniques and perseverance could be successful. "
" When I went to the Olympics, I had every intention of shaving the mustache off, but I realized I was getting so many comments about it - and everybody was talking about it - that I decided to keep it. "
" Yes, I believe that the art of winning is through intimidation, and not necessarily do you have to speak about it. "
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