Swimming World Presents “Before the Beep with Melanie Margalis”

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Mental Prep: Before the Beep with Melanie Margalis

Olympic gold medalist Melanie Margalis turned 26 in December. She plans to live to 100, so she recognizes that this professional swimming career of hers is a fleeting stage of her life—one that she plans to squeeze the most out of, but “not the end all, be all.”

Margalis is a 2014 graduate of the University of Georgia, and she should serve as a mighty inspiration to post-graduate swimmers out there. Yes, she was a strong swimmer in her collegiate years, but her talent has blossomed in the years after.

Margalis shared with Swimming World her mental preparation leading up to a big meet, including what she does at the hotel, during warm-ups, in the ready room, and behind the blocks!

To read more about Margalis’ pre-race strategies, check out the April issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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