Check out this piece on Ian Crocker in today’s NY Times.
You gotta admit, this guy is COOL. As much as I want to see Phelps bag 8 or 9 golds, there is something to be said for rooting for Crocker in the 100 fly…He’s a real guy.
“After the Olympics,” Crocker said, “the only questions you get asked by people are about the results. ‘Did you win?’ That can be a really difficult thing because there’s so much more to it. I think the deeper part of the experience can get lost pretty easily. That was definitely one of my struggles after Athens.”What has kept him going, Crocker said, is not the lure of gold in Beijing or his love of racing against Phelps. “Sometimes,” he said, “the only reasons I can find to get out of bed in the morning to go work out is that my swimming career offers me a learning experience that I can’t get anywhere else.”