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Ready Room Interview: Mike Troy

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Two-time 1960 Olympic gold medalist Mike Troy was a student-athlete at Indiana University at the beginning of Doc Counsilman's career there, and Troy talks about the mental preparation Counsilman taught his swimmers leading up to the Olympic Games. At the 1960 Olympic Trials in Detroit, Troy broke his world record in the 200 fly twice. He also talks about how judges handled placing in the days before electronic timing systems and the frustration dealing with the multiple-false-start rule. Troy describes his trip to Rome, saying he was well-prepared for everything that happened there due to mental training. Troy's life after the Olympics took him to the Navy SEALs in 1962, and then to coaching in 1967. In less than 20 years of coaching, he sent three swimmers to two Olympic Games. Troy had heart surgery in 2007, and he discusses the initial setbacks it created followed by the exercise regimen he is able to complete today. "I'm on the right side of the grass," he said.
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