New York Times sportswriter Karen Crouse is back in the pages of Swimming World magazine, where she worked for two years. This time, it’s in the form of a Q&A conducted by intern Lillian Nelson.
Crouse credits her years a competitive swimmer, from Grade 9 through USC, as having fundamentally shaped the way she works today as a reporter. In her very first answer, she explains how it has given her a leg, another leg and two arms up:
“I definitely have more self-discipline and resilience than a lot of my non-swimming peers in journalism. And I’m more indefatigable (I once had an editor marvel at the hours I kept during an Olympics. Her exact words were: “And you don’t even drink! I don’t know how you do it!”). I don’t know whether I would have been that way if not for swimming, but I definitely have great time-management skills and the ability to squeeze every ounce of production out of a day, which definitely stems from all my years of double workouts interspersed with advanced-level classes.”
Ha ha. Love that comment from her former editor. At another point, Crouse recalls one of the best compliments she has ever received; it was from a New York Jets receiver, who assumed by the questions she was asking that she must have formerly been an elite athlete.
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