This transition from full-time athlete to N.A.R.P (non-athletic regular person) has forced me to learn a lot about myself, free from definition, as well as the way others perceive non-athletes on campus.
A bull shark emptied Australia's Bondi Beach of people for nearly two hours on Friday, and had its 15 minutes of fame. But by Saturday, it had all but been forgotten in favor of a different breed of shark.
Winning is an amazing feeling at the Olympics. It makes you feel like you have justified your time during the last four years, that you're right where you are suppose to be. It makes you feel powerful and untouchable knowing that you can top the best in the world. It is just plain great.
What most people don't understand is that the Olympics don't just occur over a 17-day period. It isn't just something that pops up and disappears until resurfacing in another four years. For an athlete it is a lifestyle.