Brendan Hansen - Father, Husband, Swimmer, Athlete, 6X Olympic Medalist

Categories: Inspiration
Date: 3 Dec 2014 14:51
Original post: May 17, 2013
Brendan Hansen was the world record holder in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke from 2004-2008. He then retired from the sport of swimming after the Beijing Olympics, where he placed 4th in the 100 meter breaststroke. At the age of 26, he had lost his passion for the sport. He took a regular job and began competing in triathlons. He stayed away from the sport of swimming for about 2 years before deciding to jump back in the pool. He began training with his old coach and after a month of training his passion was rejuvenated. It was then when he found SAYiWON’T. He read the creed and used it as motivation for his comeback. 
His goal: To stand on the podium and hear The Star-Spangled Banner at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Everyone told him that he was too old, had been out of swimming for too long, and that he couldn’t make the team. Brendan said “people telling me that I can’t achieve something motivates me on a daily basis... sometimes the biggest joy in swimming is proving somebody wrong, it’s not necessarily winning.” Brendan not only made the 2012 Olympic Team, he won a gold and a bronze medal in London. Brendan wants his legacy to be a guy that might not have been the most talented, but worked for everything he got. When asked to describe himself in one word, Brendan replied “dedicated”. SAY i WON’T!
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