Meet Tom Shields

With an Olympic gold medal, three world championship gold medals and an American record  to his name, TYR athlete Tom Shields is no stranger to the podium. Interested in getting to no more about one of team TYR’s newest superstars? Read on for our Q & A below!

What is your favorite TYR Suit? 

The Men’s 4″ Water Polo Swimsuit in Black

On a typical day, what would we find in your training bag? 

Burner EBP fins, socks, the Riptide Drag Chute, the Ultralite 2.0 Snorkel, the Classic Pull Float and paddles

What are five things that you are grateful for today?

My family, friends, health, good fortune and my home

Do you have any motivational words you live by?

When an archer is shooting for nothing, he has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle, he is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold, he goes blind or sees two targets.
He is out of his mind!
His skill has not changed, but the prize divides him.
He cares.
He thinks more of winning than of shooting.
And the need to win drains him of power.

Last session coming up right quick #gobears #teamtyr #teamusa #swc17

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What’s your go-to breakfast?

Oatmeal and sausage

What is your greatest athletic accomplishment?

The thing I’m the most proud of is either being the first non-Michael flier under 1:40 or being the first person under 44 in the 100 fly.

What is your greatest personal accomplishment?

Marrying my wife.

What is the best advice you have received?

“You’re pretty good” -Sean Mahoney

“Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want” -Dave Durden

If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be and why?

I guess I would say Red Bull TV’s Waterman competition, not because I think I would be good at it, but because I feel like it would be fun.  

What are your hobbies outside of swimming?

Bodysurfing, board games, traveling, video games and hanging with my family and friends

What is your most memorable race and why?

 I tend to remember meets rather than races. One that really stands out for me is 2012 Short Course Worlds.  It was my first time being on a team with huge athletes like Ryan Lochte and Matt Grevers. Having the chance to swim with and learn from them is something that I will always remember. 

Can’t wait til it’s my turn again. #teamusa at #Budapest #worldchamps getting me amped and ready.

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What are three words that describe you as a competitor?

Try hard, unrelenting

What are three words that describe you as a person?

Loyal, protective, stubborn

If you weren’t a swimmer, what would you be doing?

I have no idea, maybe a police officer or a lifeguard.  

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Getting my daughters ready to make a run on the WQS in a few years.

What advice would you give to a young swimmer/triathlete?

No matter how hard it gets, or how important it seems, it’s just swimming. Sometimes you have to just let it go.