My parents were both swimmers, and my dad was a celebrated open water swimmer in his native Yugoslavia back in the day. So swimming was literally 'in my blood' from the day I was born, and I was doing laps before I could walk. After representing my country for 6 years on the US National Team and winning gold medals at the Pan American Games and National Sports Festival, I finished my pool career with four years at Stanford University as an All-American and an NCAA silver medalist in the 1650 yd freestyle. Moving to Los Angeles, I discovered ocean swimming which was just becoming a legitimate sport after years of obscurity. As a way of extending my career and switching it up a little, I entered my first ocean race and was rolled by a huge wave at the finish-line, which cost me a first place finish and what I thought might be my life (I felt like I was drowning). I have been dodging waves in the ocean and swimming more strategically ever since, and that was 25 years ago.
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How many goggles do you own?
36 at least
How many wetsuits do you own?
How old were you when you first started competing?
How many yards do you swim per week?
42,000 at least
Competing in my first ocean race 25 years ago and not being aware of the huge set of breaking waves bearing down on me at the finish line. I was rolled underwater for a good 30 seconds and thought I might actually drown, in spite of being in the lead at the time. I was happy to exit the water still breathing, but not as happy to be in 2nd place. It was a humbling moment that shapes the rest of my ocean swimming career to this day.