"Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway."
Regarding the new stroke, Butterfly: "As the stroke has developed it appears to require more than the usual amount of flexibility in the shoulder-joint and strength. In its present state its requirements may seem to be too exacting to permit its use over any but distances up to two hundred and twenty yards but as the true crawl was developed out of a crude method of whacking away at the water, also this stroke may be the forerunner of an improved style of swimming of great usefulness."
~American Red Cross Swimming and Diving, 1938
"People said women couldn't swim the Channel but I proved they could."
~Gertrude Caroline Ederle
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Honoring the spirit and legacy of International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Dave Parcells, the 2012 January Jam begins on January 1st and continues through January 31st.
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