My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, 'I'm an Olympic gold medalist.'
Every day after I wake up, I think, 'Wait... this can't be real; I'm still going to wake up.'
I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There's no better time to try this than now.
I'm the same kind of guy before all this happened.
Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming - being compared to him and Mark Spitz.
I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.
I've always been fortunate in that I've been able to put myself in my own zone and relax. It comes naturally. I'm lucky to be that way.
I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.
Swimming is normal for me. I'm relaxed. I'm comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It's my home.
You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
I always thought, it would be neat to make the Olympic team.
There is a one woman in China that claimed she paid $50 to get my e-mail address. It was pretty shocking. I got one this morning from Scotland. A girl's requesting a signed photo of me.
This is the first medal I've ever won in an international meet. For it to be gold is incredible. It feels great. I can't explain it.
I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming.
I want to be able to look back and say, 'I've done everything I can, and I was successful.' I don't want to look back and say I should have done this or that. I'd like to change things for the younger generation of swimmers coming along.
If I didn't swim my best, I'd think about it at school, at dinner, with my friends. It would drive me crazy.
I won't predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible.
I have reached a place in my life where I need to sit down and say, 'Well, what do I do? What's best for me?' I need to look into options for the future.