The oceans are more or less in disrepair. Long Beach really is making an effort to acknowledge this, and that's a great place to start. I'm trying to spread at least the knowledge that it's never too early to take care of our oceans and our environment.

-Aaron Peirsol
Aaron Peirsol

I think the best thing I can hope to achieve is to educate, or make aware, as many people as possible on how the little things they do every day really do affect our environment.

Aaron Peirsol
It was fantastic, ... I couldn't ask for a better meet as far as the competition goes and the crowd. This was fun - the kind of stuff that keeps you rejuvenated and keeps you young. You're exhausted, but you don't think about it. You just go out and swim. It's a great meet.
Aaron Peirsol

The ocean is the lifeblood of our world.

Aaron Peirsol
He has a gift, man. A physical and mental gift. To be able to do all those different strokes, obviously his brain functions differently from most people's.
Aaron Peirsol

I'm a part of a program called Toyota's Engines of Change Program. The message is that anyone can make a difference in their community or for whatever cause they feel strongly about. Everyone can be an Engine of Change.

Aaron Peirsol
The ocean is the lifeblood of our world. If we were to lose our fish that we appreciate so much by overfishing; or if we were to lose some of our favorite beaches to overbuilding and pollution, then how would we feel? It's become a case of not knowing what you've got until it's gone.
Aaron Peirsol

I'm starting to feel very possessive about it. I feel like I've got a good grip on it, only in the sense that I know how I need to swim it, whether I'm feeling good, bad or in between.

Aaron Peirsol
Retiring is a strange word. I'm 27 years old. I've still got stuff to do.
Aaron Peirsol

I think it's rare you surprise yourself like that,

Aaron Peirsol
We don't swim for the attention. We don't swim to be rock stars. There is something beautiful about being in an anonymous sport and being fairly anonymous. It enables you do something you love without any of the other effects.