When the top American swimming coach said that Ye Shiwen's performance was "unbelievable," he sounded pretty fed up. You would be fed up if you thought your country might be beaten by a country that was cheating. But you might also be fed up if you were beaten by a country that wasn't.
Turns out, your toughest competitor isn't standing next to you. It's inside of you. If you will step out of your own shadow, you will be the presenter you want to be -- and you'll create a must-see moment for any audience.
Wrapped tight in a specially made wetsuit, tested to endure the 30 F waters of the Bering Strait, Philippe will attempt the final leg of an international tour that most Olympic Swimmers wouldn't dare: crossing the four major straits of water connecting the world's continents.
To dive or snorkel in them is to experience an otherworldly sensation, a weightless flight through an underwater garden shaped by water clear as a lens, gnome-like rock formations, darting fish and billowing aquatic plants.
I was beside myself with the idea of being on the sidelines and yet, that was where I needed to be. I needed to have faith in the process. Faith in the instructors and faith in my children's abilities.