The Me No One Knows

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The Me No One Knows Hour 3 January 11, 2013 The Me No One Knows

4:30 in the morning is not a time anyone should be awake, let alone driving to Rally Sport Athletic Club to get in an outdoor pool when it is -3 degrees outside. As a swimmer, not only do I do that sometimes, but every morning I am up at 4:20 to get my things together for practice, school, and then another practice. Swimming has not only kept me a healthy, active, and athletic person, it has also shaped my personality and the way I interact with people. To my team and I, swimming is not just a sport, it is a family, and a way of life. We eat, breathe, and sleep swimming. The only thing that helps us make it through a two hour practice that early is our love for swimming and each other.

Swimming has been in my life for almost 13 years. I started swimming when I was 6. My mother made me start swimming because she was a swimmer, an amazing swimmer at that, she was on the South African National Swim Team. As soon as I started swimming, I knew it was the sport for me. It took me two years to switch from a summer only, not very competitive team to a full on, very competitive, nationally ranked year round swim team. By that time I was obsessed with swimming. So obsessed that as punishment, my parents would not allow me to go to practice if I did something wrong. At an early age, swimming taught me commitment. Both in and out of the water, I try to be committed to everything I do. It takes more than just commitment to keep going to practice twice a day every day when your friends at...
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