I can only control my own performance. If I do my best, then I can feel good at the end of the day.
I think the biggest things I am looking forward to is getting new faces into the sport. Getting kids who could be afraid of water to feel comfortable in the pool.
There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.
I want to retire how I want to retire - and I have a great opportunity to do that.
Swimming is normal for me. I'm relaxed. I'm comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It's my home.
I used to always go to church on holidays, but I don't go much any more.
I am 26 and, and I don't recover as fast as I have in the past.
I have reached a place in my life where I need to sit down and say, 'Well, what do I do? What's best for me?' I need to look into options for the future.
And, you know, being able to wear the stars and stripes, when you step up on one of the blocks or, you know, when you step off of an airplane or when you hear the national anthem play, you know, it's one of the greatest feelings in the world because you know that there are people at home who are supporting you and watching you.
I eat pretty much whatever I want. I don't have a strict diet. It's all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can.
For so long, I looked at myself as literally a kid who was talented who would go up and down the pool. That's it. Nothing else. Very few people knew who I really was.
I listen to music before my competitions to get me pumped up. It helps me stay focused.
I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There's no better time to try this than now.
There is a one woman in China that claimed she paid $50 to get my e-mail address. It was pretty shocking. I got one this morning from Scotland. A girl's requesting a signed photo of me.
There were times I wouldn't come to practice, because it didn't excite me. It wasn't interesting. I was kind of going through the motions.
I learned how fast you can go from being an international hero to being a reference in a joke on a late night talk show.
I feel most at home in the water. I disappear. That's where I belong.
I live a pretty conservative life, so I probably really haven't done anything crazy.
Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming - being compared to him and Mark Spitz.
Growing up in high school, I wasn't hanging out with friends every day or on the weekends. Doing normal high school kid things was something I was willing to give up.
I think everybody pees in the pool. It's kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers.
I have a lot of goals, but I think that I just want to take it day by day.
People say to me, 'You're so lucky. You get to see the world.' But I don't. I go to the hotel and to the pools and back again. That's it.
I consider myself normal. I've spent 20 years in the pool. I consider that something that's normal.
I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.
I won't predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible.
I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.
I want to be able to look back and say, 'I've done everything I can, and I was successful.' I don't want to look back and say I should have done this or that. I'd like to change things for the younger generation of swimmers coming along.
My mom put me and my sisters in the water to feel comfortable, to have water safety.
I think to be - for me to be an American is - you know, it's one of the greatest things in the world for - you know, for me just because I've been able to grow up with everything. The freedom. You know, in my eyes this is the greatest country in the world.
I got a Cadillac Escalade. Put some rims on it, threw a couple TV's in there, and installed a system. I stuck my Xbox in there. I had to go for it.
It's cool just because I've had this dream of changing the sport of swimming and it's finally happening.
I want to continue the sport of swimming. I'm not going to give up until I think it's reached where I want it to go.
I haven't swam in any of the rivers outside of Baltimore. I try to keep it in the pool.
There are too many kids who are drowning for lack of water safety. That's something I'd like to do. Teaching kids to live an active lifestyle.
I think sometimes I guess you see records, say you want to get there and use that as motivation. In a way, it's kind of cool if there is a possibility to rewrite history and be up there with the greats of Olympic history.