During all those years when I was training, we all admired the training scenes from the Rocky Movies.
I even looked at them twice those days, when I had a hard time motivating myself to head down to the pool to do my laps. It is hard to describe what it meant when I was doing all that hard training for myself, and myself alone. During the early years of my career noone knew about the Paralympics. Noone wrote about it in the media, regardless if I won or lost. Everything we did, we did only for ourselves, not for sponsorship deals or careers. And somehow, I think Rocky symbolized that… The hard hard traing, in the background.
I still get goosebumps watching this montage: