What was your strategy for dealing with the pressure of a big meet like the Olympics?
I dealt with the pressure of the Olympics by preparing as much as possible beforehand, embracing pressure, and compartmentalizing my thoughts so that only what I could control was on my mind in the moment.
Transcript: "What was my strategy for dealing with the pressure of the Olympics? It's a tremendous amount of pressure, first of all. You have one moment to get this right. For example, as a 200-meter runner, you're standing there behind the blocks, imagining this is your moment. And in 19 seconds after that gun goes off, you're either going to be the Olympic champion or you're not. That's pressure, and the entire world is watching, and you're wearing gold shoes. [LAUGHS] But I dealt with the pressure of all of those moments by learning how to manage pressure. You manage pressure as opposed to trying to make it go away. You can't make it go away. It's going to be there. I learned to actually embrace pressure, and I really enjoyed those moments when I was under pressure, when I was the favorite, because I had learned how to navigate that. So you start by being as prepared as you possibly can because a lot of the fear and the nerves come from wondering if you're actually ready for the moment, to deliver in the moment. So in all of those days and weeks and months leading up to the games, I know that I want to be ready in that moment and be confident, so I'm using every day as an opportunity to be ready and confident in that moment. And then once I'm in the moment, just compartmentalizing my thoughts. Nothing else matters before that gun goes off other than execution of that race and how I'm going to navigate that race and respond to things that take place during the race so that I can actually run the best race of my capability. But that compartmentalization is extremely important in not letting anything other than what you can control in that moment be on your mind."