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Written by Milorad Cavic   
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
It’s come to my attention that someone has made a fake “Facebook” account in my name, and I’m sorry if anyone had added that account thiking it was me. I have been off of “Facebook” for close to 2 months now, so its definitely not me, and not the place you want to try to contact me. I may return some day, just not any time soon.

I’m sorry for any trouble that person may have caused in my name. This isn’t the first time this has happened… I seem to have a “Myspace” account too.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 August 2008 )
Written by Milorad Cavic   
Saturday, 16 August 2008

I did it!!! I won an Olympic medal everybody! I’m sorry to brag, but I’m sure you all will forgive me just this one time!

So, allow me to clear some things up:

  1. The Media’s Manipulation and Misinterpretations: It never ceases to amaze me that garbage that reporters will come up with in order to make a story. Seriously. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m very respectful of others. I’ll admit that I’ve got bad blood with one person in the world, but that’s really it. I would never do anything to trash my competitors with seriousness, or to belittle them. If you were there to hear my media interviews, you’d know how much respect I’ve got for Michael Phelps. For a lot of reasons though, its easy to see why many reporters would pick up on anything negative and use it to support their imaginations. Am I a bad guy? No, not even close. I’ve got no criminal record, never got in trouble in school for anything (ever), and never got into a fight. Hate me for having some disagreements about some foreign policies, or for posting up some fast times, but I’m anything but a punk. I’m cool with all of my competitors that have even met me for a second. I like to think I’m easy going and easy to talk to… don’t imagine reasons to hate on me.

  2. On winning a SILVER medal: I am completely happy, and still in complete disbelief that I was able to achieve this feat! I’m not joking… It’s a tough loss, but I’m on cloud nine. I congratulated Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman. I’m just glad the race was fun to watch for everyone. It was a pleasure for me, really.

  3. Filing a Protest: Yes, as you all saw, I almost won the Gold, and if you ask me, the clock does not lie. I had nothing to do with this filing, and neither did my coach Mike Bottom. This is just another attack on my coach who has done never wronged anyone in swimming, except coach foreign athletes (non-Americans) to Olympic medals. You all have to understand that any coach would have done this for their swimmer if there were any possibility of error, but I’m sorry to disappoint, it was my Olympic committee and swimming staff who did the filing. We’re not “sour grapes” and we’re not “pissed”… If you ask me, it should be accepted and we should move on. I’ve accepted defeat, and there’s nothing wrong with losing to the greatest swimmer there has ever been.

  4. So what now? People, this is the greatest moment of my life. I’ve finally achieved what I’ve worked so hard, and for so long to do. Let me enjoy this for a little while. I’m going back to Belgrade for a year after the Olympics. Its time to take a break and figure out the next thing to do!

In the Finals!
Written by Milorad Cavic   
Friday, 15 August 2008
One of my favorite quotes of all time and something that kind of relates to the current situation that I’m right now goes something like, “When a devil smiles at a man, all a man can do is smile back.” Well I’m in the final, and I’ve got one chance to do this. You might ask what I mean by “this”, well if we’re talking materialistically, it’s an opportunity to win an Olympic medal, but for me, it’s more than that. It’s a chance to fulfill my destiny of becoming an Olympic medalist, but in order to do that I have to overcome myself and truly believe that I’m worthy of the honor.

So here I am, in the eve of battle, feeling physically better than ever with a chance to show the world and myself what I’ve worked so hard to for. I’m feeling good… and I’m excited, so here we go… we’ll see….
100m Butterfly Qualification
Written by Milorad Cavic   
Thursday, 14 August 2008
I’m at a loss for words at the moment, but I am definitely very excited. This race has definitely solidified my confidence and belief that I can be an Olympic medalist. I have to admit that I’m terrified about all of this at the same time, because the pressure is just so great. But I’m doing fine, and I’m staying cool. I’m going to keep swimming my own race and hopefully things will work out enough for me to just get into the final for now. Thank you all for your support, I don’t know where I would be without your strength.
Live Fast and Die Young
Written by Milorad Cavic   
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
All right, so to be direct with you all, I’m very excited about how things started off for me. My time in the Qualification round of the 100 meter freestyle put me in 6th place going into the Semi-Final with a time of 48.15!!! This time would have won me a gold medal at last year’s World Championships in Melbourne, but as we have witnessed this year, times change, and apparently faster than anyone could have ever imagined! But to explain to you all why I’m so excited, you all need to know that I dropped .99 off my best time ever (previously 49.14) in the 100 meter freestyle. My initial goal was to go a 48.5, and even that was somewhat optimistic, but I’ve definitely proved to go beyond what I thought I was capable of! I decided though, that it would be in my best interest to “scratch” or cancel my Semi-Final swim, so that I could save ever ounce of strength and power for the 100 meter butterfly the day after tomorrow (August 14th). I’ve trained too hard, and dreamed too often about my big opportunity in the 100m butterfly to take any risks. This was a difficult, but correct decision I believe.  

So, some of you might be confused about the title of this blog and why I included “Version 2.0” in it? It was this month 4 years ago at the Olympics in Athens, Greece, that I wrote a blog on my old website with the same title. The great Olympic sprinter Gary Hall Jr. said it to me once right before I swam the 100 meter freestyle as a 20 year old. I never truly understood it, and to be quite frank, it sounded kind of ridiculous. There are different ways of interpreting it I’m sure, but I think I understand it differently, and perhaps a little better than I did in the past.  

When I think about my style of racing and what it is now compared to what it’s been in the past, I feel like I’m going a great deal faster, with considerably less effort. Staying relaxed when you compete at a world, or Olympic level, is really hard to do. You’ve got pressure coming from all sides – i.e. your friends, fans, family, and usually from yourself. It’s hard to ignore and its something you can’t shake off. You’ve got to face it. So, my point is, life throws a lot of different things at us at different times, but you’ve got to stay relaxed and engage whatever it is.  

The amazing thing is, my 100 meter freestyle tonight was probably one of the easiest races I’ve ever done. As I relive the race in my mind, I reminisce about the ease of my technique and stroke, and the fast time that it produced! Did my body totally start shutting down on me toward the end? – You better believe it, otherwise, you know that you didn’t give it your all. That’s how it is in swimming though, at the end of every race, your heart says “go” and your body says “no”… the only thing in question is at one point will that world of hurt come at you. The nice thing about “living fast” while keeping yourself easy and under control is, that pain comes later on in the race (at about the 80-85 meter mark) instead of around the 60-70 meter mark. Emotional stress kills, and in swimming, so does physical stress staying tight and short.  

I hope some of this makes sense, but I guess the big idea behind all of this is that conquering yourself is one of the hardest things to do. Its not something you can always do, but if you can see it coming, like in swimming, staying cool is the ticket. I proved it to myself, hopefully I’ll be able to keep this energy going into my 100 meter butterfly on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of August.
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