Here's the next episode of NAVY SEALS HARDCORE MOMENT I produced starring NICK HEMSTREET of NITRO SWIMMING:
WE'RE LOOKING FOR STORIES that fit the bill, and they have to be hardcore.
WE'RE PRODUCING 12 VIDEOS IN THIS SERIES:
* 6 with age-group swimmers (between 12-18 years old).
* 6 with world-class and/or national caliber swimmers.
SWIMMERS ARE, BY NATURE, TOUGH. They suffer through the cold and the heat, through long seasons of nonstop training for only one taper meet. Swimmers understand sacrifice. Discipline is a given. HOWEVER, at times, swimmers experience circumstances far beyond the normal stresses of their year-round routine.
Sometimes swimmers are simply hardcore. They do things that boggle the mind; swim 30,000 yards in a day, a 20 mile ocean swim through rough waters, train 2 hours on 2 hours off for 24 hours. That's hardcore, but we're looking for the human element in these experiences. That type of training has to have a story behind it. It has to have meaning. Why did you do it? What was your goal, your inspiration, your hardcore motivation?
SOMETIMES SWIMMERS PERFORM FAR BEYOND THEIR ABILITY, a once in a lifetime swim. Jason Lezak anchored the 4x100 freestyle relay in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics with a swim that will never be forgotten. He came from behind beating the fastest 100 meter freestyler in the world. Lezak fought the good fight and gave every ounce of himself...for his teammates. It was a selfless performance, in many ways, something he could not replicate in his individual event. Performances like that are HARDCORE. Maybe you or a teammate have done something similar at the state and/or regional level. (And if you have video of it, that's even better!)
DO YOU KNOW OF AN INSPIRING STORY LIKE THE VIDEO ABOVE?
* Have you or a teammate suffered a tragic accident?
* Have you or a teammate gone through an emotionally trying period (the loss of a sibling, parent or coach)?
* Have you or a teammate suffered a catastrophic event that destroyed your home or pool?
A lot of swimmers have, and they've worked through the hardships and performed. That's the key ingredient, coming back from the hardships and experiencing a personal success in the wake of their adversity. That's hardcore!
HOW DO WE DEFINE HARDCORE? In many ways, you define it. It's very personal. If you suffered a tragic event and came back from it, you define that moment where you decided, "I'm not letting this stop me." Maybe you rehabilitated yourself over 3,6 or 24 months, only to return to competition and swim a personal best time. Maybe you thought you'd never swim again, and simply made it back onto the blocks.
SHARE YOUR HARDCORE MOMENT HERE, and maybe you will be in the next episode of NAVY SEALS HARDCORE MOMENT.
Submit your stories in the comments section or email me at email@example.com.