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Carter talks Olympics: I have more potential than I’ve shown

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

National swimmer Dylan Carter, 20, says the possibility of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, is the only thing that occupies his mind at present.

Speaking to the T&T Guardian, the 50 and 100 metres freestyle specialists, who attends the University of Southern California said, “Rio is on my mind every day because it’s a dream.” 

From small, he said, “It’s what I have dreamt about…the Olympics. Every night, in my bed, (every day) in the pool, it’s the Olympic Games. It’s the ultimate goal for any athlete who is serious. So definitely, Rio is always on my mind.”

In his review of the last season, Carter described 2015 as a “good year” citing that progress was made in what he had his technical team were sure was in the right direction. 

He recalled his fifth place finish at the Pan Am Games which his team recorded as a “good finish” and then onto his first World Championships at which he advanced to the semi-final. 

“So, I think it was a really good year of progress in the right direction for Rio. I never really try to set any concrete goals. I try to just work every day to make myself better and let the results fall into place. When I get to the competition it’s to represent T&T in the best way possible,” Carter said. 

He continued, “In 2015, I learned a lot…the benefits of rest. As I get older, my body physically and mentally can’t be at full ‘rev’ as it was when I was a junior. So I’ve learnt the benefits and I’ve seen the rewards of being a little bit more relaxed with myself: when I need to be, I’ll go harder, when I feel I am up to the challenge. 

“Out in Los Angeles we always do a lot of work in terms of preparation. Honestly, my coach believes I have so much more in me and so do. I think this year, we need to get some of the fine tuning a lot better. I think I have a lot more potential than I’ve shown.” 

Carter’s journey to this crucial juncture in his life started eight years ago. 

Compared to most athletes he considered himself a late bloomer since his entry into competitive swimming began at age 12. Before that he was into water polo. 

He recalled trying out for an Under-14 Carifta water polo team and was cut. Around that time, there was a developmental swim meet in progress. 

Using his water polo base Carter in his pre-teen years, excelled at the swim meet and never looked back.

Today, when asked if he was ever under any pressure to be a winner, citing the medal achievements of Olympic swimmer George Bovell, Carter said it was not his practice to compare himself to Bovell.

“George has achieved so much. I could only dream to reach to his level of achievement. I’m just trying to make myself better and be the best athlete I can possibly be,” Carter said. 

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