Going for Gold – Could You Accomplish This on 4 Hours of Sleep?

It starts as a dream: A young boy, a pool and watching the Olympics on TV. The boy takes swimming lessons and starts competing at an early age. In high school, he is captain of his swim team both his junior and senior years. He competes at the state level. When it’s time for college, he can choose a flexible college close to home where he can train, or he can go far away trying to juggle training with full course loads.

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Massage therapy student Gavin Grismer balances school with training for the Olympics.

Gavin Grismer chose to attend Globe University-Moorhead to stay close to home, his coach, training and family. As a student in the massage therapy program, he is able to use his education to help with his Olympic training as well as prepare for a career. Yet, it is still a huge challenge to schedule both school and swimming.

His schedule is as follows:

  • Awake and in the pool by 3 a.m., swim until 5 a.m.
  • Quick nap until 7 a.m. and at school by 8 a.m.
  • Attend class all day using breaks to study
  • Back in the pool at 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
  • Sleep from 11 p.m. to start the schedule all over again

Gavin’s coach lives 40 minutes away, so travel time is part of the schedule as well. He also fits in strength training.

Gavin credits his older brother, Casey, as his main source of inspiration. “We used to compete against each other,” Gavin says. “He is so good at keeping me focused and encouraging me to keep at it. He’s the best!”

When the routine and pressure get too tough, Gavin uses this advice: “I like a good challenge, so I stay focused on the goal and take it a step at a time.”

Gavin, we are all cheering you on and hoping your dreams come true!