"When you please your mother by doing something, it gives you confidence that you can please other people."
"The oppression of my former swimming identity loses its hold on me; I am no longer Anthony Ervin the Swimmer, but Tony, just another guy in a band."
"I was happy. I was happy with the way my career ended. And I couldn't say that about London four years ago."
"Now, to these Games, I'm happy again. In a way I was not from the period between 2007 and 2009, which was the best of my career."