Inspired into action
By April Beane
There’s no better way to get inspired to work out than watching the training regimen of an Olympian — just ask Danny Sweeney, Prof St ’12.
Sweeney, who was the first graduate of Marquette's College of Professional Studies sports leadership master's program, is an operations intern at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. He’s had the rare opportunity to witness the focus and dedication of some of the world’s most elite athletes, including the U.S. men’s gymnastic team and swimmer Michael Phelps.
“Seeing it on TV, you can see how fast (Phelps) is, but seeing him in person, WOW, you can see he’s just like a dolphin in there. He can get from one end of the pool to the other pretty darn quick,” Sweeney says.
Sweeney played sports throughout his life, encouraged by his parents John Sweeney, the director of Marquette's Recreational Sports Department, and Barb, Dent Hy ’83, to do his very best — but the swimmers’ training stunned him.
“They are in the pool for two hours, they get out and get a bite to eat, and they’re back in for two to three hours, do the weights, and then they’re back in the pool,” Sweeney says. “You just don’t realize how focused they are.”
After watching the athletes train, Sweeney says, he was drawn to the gym himself.
“You see what the athletes are doing and you can’t help but get motivated,” Sweeney says. “The moment I get off work, I am going on a hike, I am going to ride my bike, I am going in the weight room or what not. Their training regimen is contagious and their dedication is contagious.”
Sweeney’s responsibilities include booking the training facility for groups and demonstrations. His internship ends in August, but he hopes to return someday.
But for now, he has a higher priority on his mind. He’s returning to Milwaukee to plan his wedding.