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AJDawg
January 21st, 2013, 06:33 PM
Wonder if anybody has thoughts on this:

For those who've swum in college and/or at Olympic Trials or even in US trials etc.

What do retiring swimmers like Michael Phelps and Jason Lezak do when not in training?
=> Do they still go to the pool every day and get a workout in? Checking out MP's facebook place it looks like he plays lots of golf but after all that training does he find it hard to give up swimming a few laps?
=> I know people like Lochte and Adrian still train but was just curious about the other guys.

Anybody have an opinion/insight?

That Guy
January 21st, 2013, 07:03 PM
http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/

ekw
January 21st, 2013, 07:07 PM
Based on a few of Bob Bowman's tweets, Phelps is actually doing some fitness swimming (~3000 yards).

Also based on tweets, Brooke Bennett is back in the water - she swam a masters meet back in October but is swimming a USA-S meet this weekend.

aguins
January 22nd, 2013, 09:07 AM
About Missy Franklin:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/bobcook/2013/01/16/olympian-missy-franklin-gives-up-millions-to-validate-the-high-school-sports-experience/

ande
January 22nd, 2013, 11:16 AM
Wonder if anybody has thoughts on this:
For those who've swum in college and/or at Olympic Trials or even in US trials etc.
What do retiring swimmers like Michael Phelps and Jason Lezak do when not in training?
=> Do they still go to the pool every day and get a workout in? Checking out MP's facebook place it looks like he plays lots of golf but after all that training does he find it hard to give up swimming a few laps?
=> I know people like Lochte and Adrian still train but was just curious about the other guys.
Anybody have an opinion/insight?

Phelps is an exception, he's made enough during his swimming career to retire, (if he wanted) and because his Olympic accomplishments transcend swimming, his endorsement contracts will continue to pour in, unless he has some sort of major scandal.

What usually happens is endorsement contracts tend to end shortly after athletes retire or when they fail to quality for the next worlds or olympic team.

Some Olympic / elite swimmers make a living from being Olympians, doing clinics and giving motivational speeches like Josh Davis.

Most elite athletes went to college, have degrees and other areas of interest. So they retire from swimming, some go back to school to get more education and preparation for their careers. Many are driven competitive and hard workers, so it's pretty impressive what many swimmers have become when their swimming is done.

Though sometimes it's a difficult transition to go from being one of the best in the world at their events to becoming a normal person who accomplished some extraordinary things.

ande
January 22nd, 2013, 11:26 AM
About Missy Franklin: http://www.forbes.com/sites/bobcook/2013/01/16/olympian-missy-franklin-gives-up-millions-to-validate-the-high-school-sports-experience/

She held off going pro to have a college swimming experience. Since she didn't go pro, she's eligible to do her last year of high school swimming too, but she didn't give up millions so she could represent her high school for another year.

ourswimmer
January 22nd, 2013, 11:27 AM
Most elite athletes went to college, have degrees and other areas of interest. So they retire from swimming, some go back to school to get more education and preparation for their careers. Many are driven competitive and hard workers, so it's pretty impressive what many swimmers have become when their swimming is done.

Jenny Thompson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_Thompson), for example, is an anesthesiologist.