Wednesday, March 31, 2010

10 weeks for 19 seconds

University of Cincinnati senior swimmer Josh Schneider, about whom I wrote two stories for the Cincinnati Enquirer in the past couple months, wasn't about to let this opportunity slip past.

With Olympic sponsorships at stake and still stinging from a poor finish at last year's NCAA Championships, Schneider chose to forgo his vices - no drinking, no late nights, no fast food, and no motorcycle riding.

For 10 weeks in preparation for the NCAAs in Columbus, Schneider "disconnected himself from the world". Talk about commitment.

The strategy paid off. Schneider, the top-seed in the 50-meter freestyle, won the event with a record clocking of 18.93.

"I feel complete" he said afterwards.

The victory could net Schneider enough sponsorship cash to allow him to train full-time for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Good luck in London, kid. I'd keep that motorcycle at your parents' house until '13.

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