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With each Olympics that roll around there are always really cool back-stories on some of the athletes. This is one of my favorites of the London, 2012 Olympics.
Anthony won a gold medal in the 50 meter freestyle swim in Sydney, 2000. He returned home and his life took a different turn of events. At age 22 he quit swimming.
He sold off his gold medal (to aid the Tsunami effort), fell into the wicked world of alcohol, drugs, tobacco and women. Lots of all four. This was his lifestyle for many years until he took a position teaching children to swim. The compass started to turn and he reimmersed himself into a healthier lifestyle, quitting his favorite vices.
Fast forward to 2012, he stands proud as a member of the 2012 Olympic swimming team with hopes of bringing home more gold. Anthony sets an example for the world that no matter what roads we travel, we all have the inner fortitude to put the train back on it’s tracks.
During an interview when asked if he had any regrets about his choices, he had this to say:
“How do you move forward with one’s life if you hold on to regret?” If you turn around, you’d be like Lot’s wife. You’d just be a pillar of salt. You wouldn’t grow. You’d remain stagnant. So in that sense, no; no regrets.”
His approach to swimming is so damn refreshing,
“I’m not saving a life or detonating the sun,” he says. “I’m just swimming one lap. It’s a stunt, a well-performed acrobatic.”
A full interview is featured in Rolling Stone magazine and is well worth the read: