I have had several and varied experiences as an elite athlete. Today, when I sit back and think of how I was able to make it to the Olympics, I can say that it took an incredible amount of hard work, not talent.
Grit is what helped me get as far as I did. I was not the most talented swimmer there was, but I was the last one left standing when others could not go on for one reason or another.
With my unwavering determination, hard work and persistence, I got through several hurdles that even more talented swimmers could not overcome. And for this reason, I was able to attain a level of success that better talented swimmers could not.
The difference was that when other swimmers were getting frustrated by the long and trying journey towards success, I kept going. I believe; and I am in fact certain, that this is the only reason I got as far as I did as an elite swimmer.