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Matt Biondi: Persistence

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
—Matt Biondi.

Federica Pellegrini: What she said, really meant and definitely didn’t

English: The Italian swimmer Federica Pellegri...

The Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Federica Pellegrini changes her telephone number.

What she said:

Good. I have done it..thank-you for your messages of encouragement and congratulations. But obviously I have now changed my number.”

Italian swimmer and former Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini was forced to change her telephone number when she inadvertently revealed her contact details while publishing the results of a random doping test on social networking site Twitter.

Pellegrini was immediately deluged with tweets requesting her to hide her number while others wished to add her to their WhatsApp list of contacts.

After a few hours, Pellegrini responded as above.

What she really meant:

“Changing phone numbers was really easy, folks. The phone company is obviously first on my list of new contacts.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“What’s up with WhatsApp? What’s that, really?”

Ryan Lochte: What he said, really meant and definitely didn’t

Ryan Lochte ‘dumbs down’ Michael Phelps.

What he said:

“I’m not concerned – he just makes dumb decisions.”

Michael Phelps’ compatriot and Swimming USA teammate Ryan Lochte is critical of his second misdemeanor in ten years. Earlier this week, the Olympic legend was booked for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). He has since issued an apology to his fans.

Lochte added:

“He has so much money to get a driver. I even have a driver. It just stinks for the sport of swimming.

But he will become smarter from this. Luckily he did not hurt himself or someone else.”

Lochte later tempered his remarks tweeting thus:


What he really meant:

“You’ve got to admit being booked twice for DUI is stupid. Especially when you know that as a celebrity you are under the scanner every moment. Consider the endorsements he could possibly lose. Besides, he could have killed someone, you know. That’s the most important thing.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Don’t worry, Michael. You could always make  do with some breathalyser and beer endorsements instead. And how about an appearance in a public interest campaign, ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’?”



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