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Name: Jessica Hardy Meichtry
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Country: USA
Age: 31
Sport: Swimming
Years in the sport: 27

How did you get started in your swimming?
I fell in a pool at a birthday party at 3 y/o, so my mom enrolled me in swim lessons. Started a summer league and took it more and more seriously as I got older

What was it like when you officially retired?

Favourite athlete?R
Roger Federer (longevity, dominance, grace and humility)

What was your biggest challenge as an athlete and how did you overcome it?
Accidentally drinking a nutritional supplement that was contaminated in 2008 and being taken off of the Olympic team What has your biggest challenge since retiring from swimming? Staying in touch with swim friends across the globe

Any hobbies?
Anything active, outdoors, and social!

Favourite music?

What was the best part of competing?

Favourite quote?
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt

If you could train with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Roger Federer

If you could have competed in another sport what would it be and why?
Tennis or Golf – the only sports that women have the chance to really be compensated in sport

Favourite place you competed?

Did/do you have any special warm up routine?
Yes I did the same stretching routine and pool warm up for almost every race

What time is your alarm set for?
6:45am (to get ready before my daughter wakes at 7:30am)

Ice cream or cake?

What did you do on your rest days?
Lay on the couch, get my nails done, massage if I’m lucky

Last non food item you bought?
Mortgage for my house

Do you have a lucky number?

Best thing you’ve done in the past 3 months?
Been the Maid of Honor at my sister’s wedding

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Tough times don’t last but tough people do

Scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Drove a race car in a celebrity race

If you were stranded on a desert island, what one person and thing would you like to have?
My husband and/or daughter and a cell phone to call for help

What would be your perfect meal?

What performance are you most proud of?
2009 – breaking the 50 and 100 breaststroke world records in the same race

Hardest sport moment you had to push through?
Accidentally drinking a nutritional supplement that was contaminated in 2008 and being taken off of the Olympic team – again

What have you learned from swimming that has helped you in other parts of your life?
Work ethic, dedication, sacrifice, how to goal set, friendly competition

Favourite place to eat?
I like trying new places

If you had to travel either forward in time or backward in time, which would you choose?
Forward because I’m curious

What is the most unusual, challenging, or creative workout you’ve ever done?
My coach was pretty creative, so it’s hard to pick just one! I like it when he kept me on my toes

Favourite animal?
My dog Duke

Dream job besides an athlete?
Helping other athletes reach their dreams

What motivated you to keep training?
My goals

Favourite time of year?

How many hours did you train at a given week?
36-48 per week

What accomplishments outside of swimming are you the most proud of?
My husband and daughter, and helping my swim students reach their goals

Favourite book?
The alchemist by Paolo Coelho

What did a typical day of training look like?
2-4 hours in the pool, and a “dry land” activity every day (yoga, pilates, weight lifting, running, etc.)

Best movie and tv series?
I’m always looking for something new

Favourite food while training?
Chicken breast

What did/do you enjoy most about swimming?
My hard work equaling success

Advise that you have for someone starting out swimming?
Don’t forget to have FUN with the sport

What was the most crucial part of your training?

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If you enjoyed our interview with Jessica Hardy, be sure to check out our interview with Matija Moze – Slovenian National Champion