As for my interview for my eminent study, I sent emails to plenty of people that were related to Michael Phelps or just swimming, but with my luck, I didn’t really find anyone. So, I went to one of my last resources, a family friend who also does competitive swimming. The reason this family friend was one of my last choices was because I figured that the answers they would give weren’t going to be super detailed. My interviewer prefers not to be named because she doesn’t feel comfortable.
To start off the interview, I got ready with my paper and questions all set, then I Skype called her. I started off with a conversation starter like, ‘Hello,’ and then I started asking a couple questions. My first question was: When and why did you start swimming?
“I started swimming around the age of 5 years old,” she says, “At first, my parents wanted or shall I say, forced me to learn how to swim, and then over the years, I grew to love the sport.”
When she said her parents forced her to swim, I felt the exact same way. After a moment I continued and asked, “What inspired you to keep swimming?”
She replied with, “Whenever I’m up on the diving block, I get this adrenaline in my body. It keeps me motivated and energized once I get into the water. That adrenaline and motivation inspires me to swim all the time.”
This answer she gave related to what I’ve been studying so far. The energy kept Michael Phelps swimming no matter what, and it was the same for me. Soon after, I asked her to think a little bit about this question, because whenever I got asked this question, I took some time to think about it. “How much dedication does it take to be a swimmer?”
Through the webcam, she looked at me with a confused face at first, but then quickly said,”Swimming takes immense dedication. We have to wake up extremely early in the morning to go to practice as well as for the afternoon. We go from school to the pool day after day after day to prepare ourselves for what is to come.”
Shortly after, I moved on to asking questions about my eminent person, Michael Phelps. My first question about him was: Do you know who Michael Phelps is? If so, what do you know about him?
She didn’t seem to know much about him because her answer was quite short, but well said. “I do indeed know who he is, but I don’t know much about him. I know he’s the most decorated Olympian of all time. I also know that he is a well-respected person in the community of swimming, and I respect him very much as well.”
She seemed to know that I respected him a lot too, by the way I nodded my head. I knew that we didn’t have very much time left to talk, so I asked my final question to her, how do you think Michael has influenced the way swimming is now?
“I think that he has influenced swimming because of how much work he puts in all the time. You see him on t.v, whether it’s the Olympics or something else, he’s so dedicated to showing people how much of a change you can make. He honestly inspires to many people to keep going and never give up on a dream,” she says.
At the end of all of that, I thanked her for her opinions and her answers she gave. She left me this question in my head after: Can I make a change like Michael did?