The pool is just one part of Olympic legend Aaron Peirsol’s lifelong, spiritual connection to the water. He joins the show to talk about his family history of swimming, sailing and connecting to the water around them -- as well as the ways he continues to engage with his sport, and his responsibility to it, more than a decade after officially retiring from it.
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Aaron Peirsol is a three-time Olympian and seven-time Olympic medalist -- and five of those medals are gold. Aaron has been retired from swimming for a decade, but he is still the current world record holder in the long course 200-meter backstroke. He is involved with several great causes, including being an ambassador for the Global Water Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation. He is also a spokesman for Oceana, which is the largest international ocean conservation and advocacy organization in the world.
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Importance of preparation
Weka Wachee mermaids
Remind yourself that there is a lot you are not in control of -- so do not waste your energy on it. Focus instead on the things you can control, like preparation.
When you are in a pressure situation, ask yourself: Why am I here? Your “why” should be something deep and spiritual.
“I have always had a very natural connection to the water, and that connection stems from the ocean itself.” -- Aaron Peirsol
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