everything. I just don't get it."
For the 17-year-old, he'll stick with his chocolate-chip pancakes,
thank you very much.
"I finally got to have some when I got back home," he said. "It's been
weeks and weeks since I've had them. I feel much better now."
For those people who just moved into the area, Peirsol won the silver
medal at the Sydney Games in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of
1:57.35, just behind world champion Lenny Krayzelburg of the U.S.
(1:56.76) and just ahead of Matthew Walsh of Australia (1:57.59).
"It was a solid race for me," Peirsol said. "After the time trials and
the traveling and all that was going on, I wasn't in tip-top shape going
into the race. But overall, I was very happy with how things turned out."
Peirsol is home now after his Olympic adventure and despite the
non-stop phone calls and mountains of new USA clothing, it's the family's
goal to try to return to a somewhat normal life. Similar to what it was
when he was "just" a three-time CIF Southern Section Division I champion
for the Sailors.
"Nothing's changed," Peirsol said. "My family has been great at trying
to keep things as normal as possible. Now that I'm back home, with
home-cooked meals and I'm back in my old bed, everything is pretty much
Perhaps the same in terms of normal life, but has the Olympic
experience changed Peirsol?
"It's changed me, but it's hard to describe how it's changed me," he
said. "I think I've matured a little bit during all of this. I was away
from the family for over six weeks straight. I learned a little bit about
Being a member of the U.S. Olympic Team was a great thrill for
Peirsol, but it wasn't all fun and games.
"There were a ton of rules and regulations to follow," Peirsol said.
"There was a strict curfew before our meet and we even had a curfew after
our meet. I guess with a lot of younger athletes, they had to be strict."
Peirsol did get to go out and see some of the events, but for the most
part, kept to the business at hand before his competition.
"Before my event, I would practice for a while, then watch other