Record-breaking Olympic American swimmer Michael Phelps is training again for the Olympics. Matt Lauer of NBC interviews Phelps for the network’s new newsmagazine show Dateline: On Assignment. Lauer travels to Arizona State University to interview Phelps’ longtime coach Bob Bowman. “I still push him [Phelps] hard, probably further than he wants to be pushed sometimes. But it’s all about the swimming now.” Bob Bowman has recently written a motivational book “about winning in all walks of life and what you have to do to get there.” In The Golden Rules: 10 Steps to World-Class Excellence in Your Life, Bowman explains that “taking risks is the key to success in any pursuit.”
Bowman has the resume to back up that kind of advice. After swimming for Florida State University from 1983 to 1985, Bowman became a coach. He was head coach for the University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team (2005-2008), and CEO and head coach for North Baltimore Aquatic Club (2008-2015). In 2015, he was hired as the head coach at Arizona State University and was appointed head coach of the men’s U.S. 2016 Olympic Team. Of coures, it’s not Bowman’s first time at the Olympics. He helped coach Phelps at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics. Dateline NBC: On Assignment airs Sundays at 7pm on NBC.