Amanda Beard, American Athlete ( October 29, 1981 - )

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To look good in the water you have to pick the right swimsuit. I own close to 500.~Amanda Beard

Good Water Look

I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them.~Amanda Beard

Me Think Race

I'd go to swim practice, put my face in the water, and I didn't have to talk to anybody. Swimming was like my escape, but it was also like this huge prison because I felt like I had to swim up to people's standards.~Amanda Beard

Water People Swimming

I know that I do deserve good things.~Amanda Beard

Good Good Things Deserve

Obviously, the competitor in you, you want to be in the top three every time in the pool.~Amanda Beard

Time Want You

When people say to me, 'You're like the Anna Kournikova who wins,' I definitely take it as a compliment, because she's quite gorgeous.~Amanda Beard

People Me You

With my sport, I am outside and in the water, which can be really drying and damaging to the skin, so I try to be vigilant about taking good care of it.~Amanda Beard

Good Water I Am

I protect my skin with sunscreen and am religious about keeping my face moisturized and properly protected all day, so I also use a face lotion with SPF 30.~Amanda Beard

Day Face Skin

People wanted to be friends with me for not the right reasons. They'd introduce me to somebody else as the Olympian or the swimmer. I didn't want to stand out. I wanted to blend in.~Amanda Beard

Friends People Me

If you want me to swim fast, you have to let me enjoy my life.~Amanda Beard

Life My Life Me

The swimming community is really conservative. I don't know why, because we're in no clothing whatsoever.~Amanda Beard

Community Swimming Know

In swimming, everyone calls me grandma, because I'm the oldest there. Then with my friends, I'm the youngest and I'm the baby. It's definitely bizarre.~Amanda Beard

Friends Baby Swimming

I always tell people, I'm a better swimmer because I'm a mom and a better mom because I'm swimmer.~Amanda Beard

Mom People Better