David Johnston Explains His Ongoing Goal to “Shock the World”

2023 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

David Johnston shocked the world last week by making the world championships team in the 400 free (1st, 3:45.75). After the race, Johnston explained that the hand signal he and his teammates do before any of his races (which looks similar to a longhorn, the Texas mascot) is something he made up his freshman year, which means “shock the world”.

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Daddy
7 months ago

Anybody who’s been following him even casually since he committed to Texas has known that this was a long time coming. outside of Finke (and hopefully Mijatovic in a few years) this guy is the future of US distance

Ironman6
7 months ago

I think Brooks Curry and his Coach Steve Mellor coined this term a while back…Mellor wrote a book about it

SHOCK THE WORLD: A Competitors Guide to Realizing Your Potential https://a.co/d/26TXCdM

Last edited 7 months ago by Ironman6
SwimKen
Reply to  Ironman6
7 months ago

I have that book. Highly recommend!

Wanna Sprite
7 months ago

Hot take, he drops a 3:42 at worlds to just miss the American record and get on the podium. Shock the world

Eros
7 months ago

That hand motion was originated by Omega Phi Psi. Stop the disrespect!

see: https://twitter.com/JabrillPeppers/status/785537174028509185?s=20

DoinB
Reply to  Eros
7 months ago

Good thing no one cares about a fraternity 🤣

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
7 months ago

Eddie Reese >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Peter Andrew

Any questions?

Andrew
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
7 months ago

Thanks captain obvious. Peter Andrew is doing the impossible managing to ruin the single greatest swim talent since Michael Phelps.

RAP
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
7 months ago

Thanks for your contribution. Super insightful/relevant

Marklewis
7 months ago

Keep shocking David. The USA needs another great distance freestyler.

Andrew
7 months ago

I love this guy

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