“Be patient and work hard. Success doesn’t always come overnight.”
“Always stay confident before your big meets,” Sage advice from one of the world’s best freestylers, Peter Vanderkaay.
Peter’s had a lot of practice handling the lead-up to national and world competitions. He says eventually there’s little left he can do physically to change the fate of his races besides sleep, eat well and stay hydrated. That’s when the all-important mental game kicks into high gear.
“To keep a positive mindset, I remind myself that I have done all the required training to swim fast; the hard stuff is behind me,” Peter says.
Looking back at training camp, months of continued hard training and countless racing opportunities, he can confidently say that he’s well prepared to meet his goals head on.
“If I show up at a meet without confidence, then I’ve already set myself up for a poor performance. Now I just have to go out there and race, have fun and let my preparation do the rest.”
Watch Peters’s aha moments:
- Birthday: February 12, 1984
- Hometown: Rochester, Michigan
“Being a three-time Olympian and four-time Olympic medalist”
2012 – Bronze, 400m freestyle 3:44.69
2008 – Bronze, 200m freestyle; Gold, 800m freestyle relay (WR)
2004 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay
- World Championships
2011 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay
2010 – Silver, 800m freestyle relay (scm) (AR)
2009 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay
2007 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay (WR)
2005 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay
- Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships
2010 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay; Bronze, 200m freestyle
2006 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay
- Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
2009 – Gold, 200m freestyle (AR); Gold, 400m freestyle
2007 – Gold, 200m freestyle; Silver, 400m freestyle
2005 – Gold, 200m freestyle; Silver, 400m freestyle
- U.S. Nationals
2011 – Gold, 200m freestyle