Since she was young, Megan Jendrick always had a plan for her future. Back in 1996, she witnessed 14-year-old Amanda Beard winning three gold medals for the United States. At that point of time, she was only 12 years old. However, she came up with a four year plan to work towards her goal of competing in the Olympics. Eventually, she became a three-time Olympic swimming medalist.
“I made up my mind at that point that I was going to do that, too. And at that point I wasn’t a standout swimmer at all,” stated the 29-year-old. As of now, she is already making new plans for her future. Her intention is to step down and retire from competitive swimming. After which, she plans on becoming a site supervisor at the Fife Swim Center. She will be joining a staff of approximately fifty to oversee aquatic events and lessons for about 800 swimmers daily. “This job was right up my alley,” she explained.
The plans she made when she was just 12 years of age resulted in over hundreds of goals. Her four years of intense training also rewarded her with multiple national titles as well as dozens more American and world records. She went on to win two goals medals at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and a silver in Beijing in 2008. In fact, her success did not just stop at swimming alone. She was able to purchase her first house at only eighteen and start a swim event business with her husband. She also wrote books and coached aspiring athletes to reach their goals. “I’ve always been a very independent person. I grew up fast, but a lot of it was by my own choice,” she said.
She did mention that her greatest competitive achievement was winning the gold medal at Sydney for the 100-meter breaststroke when she was only 16. However, when she became a mother later on, it was a defining moment that changed her focus. “Having him was my greatest success,” she stated of her 2-year-old son. Her last Olympics competition was the trials for London 2012. She added that she felt there was a different tone to it in the sense that her focus was more on family and fun rather than work. Despite giving birth just seven months before that, she was able to come in at 22nd position. “I didn’t expect to make the team. I wanted to do it for fun and show my son what Mom did for such a long time. We got to experience it all as a family,” she explained. For more of the story, check it here.