Miguel Chávez: a Motivation Story
He is one of the greatest breaststrokers in Mexican history and one of the most impactful ones because he has shown to the entire swimming world that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. He is an example for the current and upcoming generations, he is: Miguel Chávez.
The beginning of something great:
The young Mexican swimmer started swimming at a young age, however, the results were not the expected ones. He was not really showing his true potential in the water and this made him realize the importance of unique dedication. He changed his mindset and decided to become one of the best swimmers in Mexico.
Miguel was really motivated, nevertheless, he was aware that just wanting to be the best one will not be enough to actually achieve this goal. A really unique work ethic is needed to become one of the best athletes in the country, and this is exactly what Mr. Chavez did. He decided to challenge himself, in and out of the pool, and went to study abroad.
Missouri S&T Miners:
During the 2013 – 2014 season, Miguel joined the S&T Miners where he achieved and amazing swimming career. He became a leader of the entire team and led by example with his results in the pool.
All-American Honors due to a 5th place finish at the NCAA II Swimming Championships.
GLVC Championships – 200 meter breaststroke gold medalist (1:57.31)
All-American Status – 100 meter breaststroke
CSCAA Scholar All-America Team
Living the dream: Mexican Swimming National Team
At only 20 years of age, Miguel participated at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto Canada, where he finished 3rd (among Mexican swimmers) in the 200 meter breaststroke with a time of 2:15.19. Certainly, these games were a motivation booster for the future of Miguel’s swimming career.
In the following years, Mr. Chávez trained like never before and joined the best professional swimming clubs in the entire world: Team Elite Aquatics.
David Marsh, an Olympic Coach for the USA, guided the Mexican swimmer to compete at the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships in South Korea. These championships were very important for Miguel because he was able to grow individually and professionally after this competition.
Miguel’s Golden Era:
Even though he could not achieve the Olympic dream at Tokyo, he never gave up and continued being the best version of himself. At the end of the day, goals are personal and certainly Miguel never let the media influence him. He is mentally and physically very strong, thus the results of his incredible swimming career.
Miguel became the 3rd Mexican swimmer in history to swim under 1:02 in the 100 meter breaststroke, while last season in the 200 meter breaststroke, he was the second fastest Mexican in the world.
Achieving a FINA Olympic “B” cut is not an easy task and I’m very sure it keeps you motivated and hungry, therefore the following question rises:
Could we see Miguel training for Paris 2024?
Let us know in the comments.
Last update: May, 2022
Best Times LCM:
50 Breaststroke: 28.50
100 Breaststroke: 1:01.58
200 Breaststroke: 2;12.74
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