As you may or may not know Olympic swimmer and champion Amanda Beard loves her some Softcup and she became our spokesperson in 2011.
Although she has been extremely busy training, being a mom and promoting her new book, we had the opportunity to interview her and we wanted to share our findings with you!
Q: What has being an Olympic competitor taught you? How will you pass those lessons down to your children?
A: Discipline and how to never give up. I want my son to know that it's ok to work hard for something you want and if you fall down, you get right up and try again.
Q: What is your best Olympic memory?
A: Too many, but one of my favorites is my 200 breast gold medal from Athens. I'd been swimming on the USA team for almost 10 years and I just kept fighting for that gold.
Q: What was a particularly difficult time in your training and how did you overcome it?
A: Swimming was hard for me after the 1996 Olympics. I was in high school and felt a lot of pressure on me. I decided to quit swimming and found out life was boring without swimming in it. I decided to swim again but only to have fun!
Q: How do you incorporate Olympic-like competitiveness into your daily life? How does it benefit you?
A: Oh man I'm way too competitive but it helps me be successful in all aspects of my life. I'm not afraid of working hard!
Q: What sports/athletes are you most looking forward to watching this Olympics?
A: I love all the swimming and the fab five gymnasts. Also Misty May and Keri Walsh.
Tune in to the August newsletter for part II of the Amanda Beard interview where we cover role models, keeping the romance alive and staying motivated to stay in shape.
Also, check out Amanda's memoir "In The Water They Can't See You Cry". I just started reading it myself and I can't put it down!