Nancy Hogshead-Makar

Nancy Hogshead-Makar

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, former Olympic swimmer who won three gold medals and one silver in medley and freestyle swimming. She is the founder of Champion Women, an advocacy for girls and women in sports.  

"I swam with literally a thousand other kids who were also working hard. I think everybody's got to find what drives them, but clearly I wanted to be the best swimmer in the world."

"One of the hard parts when people talk about quitting is just that it feels so good to be that masterful at something, to be at the very top of the game, and to—I mean, I still, to this day, I'm 50 years old, I get in the water and I feel masterful. I feel like I can grab hold of the water, I can move the water. I move confidently and gracefully in the water. This is clearly where God meant for me to be. And then to go try to start from scratch at anything else is tough."

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