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Our Recent Interview with Olympic Hopeful David Plummer

July 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Body Image, Featured, Fitness, Guys


Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

My name is David Plummer. I am a husband, a father and a professional swimmer. My overall goal is to make the Olympic Team in 2016.

Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects that you are working on?

This summer I will be competing to defend my National Title and qualify for Team USA’s Pan Pacific Championships Team.

Do you find the pressures of being performer significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body? If so, how do you navigate through that terrain? How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “Judge” you based on outward measures?

As someone who spends hours every day in a tiny swim suit, body image is something that I have to deal with every day. I am lucky to have great people around me who support me whatever I do, but I have had people tell me I need to lose fat or put on muscle. My goal has always been to be comfortable in my own skin. I am comfortable competing in a tiny suit in front of huge crowds, not because I am physically fit, but because I am confident in my ability. I work every day to be a great swimmer, not to look good.

Who were the role models in your life?

My mom is a big role model for me. When she and my dad split up, she took care of me and my younger brother all while putting herself through school. She is a strong woman who has always supported me and my path in life.

What do you define as beautiful?

Confidence and comfort. I don’t think anything is more beautiful than someone who exudes confidence and is comfortable with who they are.

How do you define inner beauty?

Acting with empathy and compassion. Realizing that you never know what someone else is going through and that kindness can go a long way.

What is happiness?

Happiness is finding comfort in the people you surround yourself with. If the people in your life don’t make you happy, why have them in your life?

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?

How do you manage your stress levels in daily life? Do you use music, art or dance, etc. as a coping tool? Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?

As an athlete and a father, managing stress can be difficult. For me, the best way to deal with the stress is to try and mentally be wherever I am. So if I am in the pool, I am think about the pool. If I am home with my son, I am enjoying my time with him. This can be difficult during a challenging practice or when I am really tired and my son is upset, but if I can realize how well I have it and how lucky I am to be able to do the things I do it makes everything a little easier.

How do you find a work-life balance — as a man, relationships, and a professional— what are keys to balance? Other thoughts or reflections?

Balance in my house is tough. My wife is a doctor and has a crazy work schedule. I practice in the early morning and afternoon, so finding time to be together and taking advantage of that time is important. I am also lucky to have a lot of close friends I swam with in school who understand what I am doing and are really supportive of me.

David Plummer is a member of the United States National Team who specializes in the 50m and 100m backstroke. Born and raised in Oklahoma, David left home in 2005 to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Ryan, to swim for the Golden Gophers at the University of Minnesota.
He had an impressive college career, tallying 14 All-American honors and competing at the World University Games in 2007.

David’s collegiate success has spilled over to an impressive professional career. David contributed his backstroke expertise to help win gold at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Championships in Dubai. Additional medals have been won at the 2013 FINA World Championships, where he took silver; Gold in the 2013 Arena Grand Prix Minneapolis for the 100y; And silver in both the 50m and 100m at the 2014 Charlotte Grand Prix.

In 2013, David broke the US Open record in the 50m backstroke at the National Championships, with a time of 24.52.


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