James Magnussen, Olympic silver medallist in the 100m free at London 2012, is working on his faults and has asset himself a goal of helping to reunite the divided Australian swim team in the wake of pranks among sprinters that were said by some team members to have caused division and disharmony in Olympic year.
As the Super-Series tri-nation meet, in which Australia takes on China and South Africa, gets underway in Perth, Aussie media reports Magnussen as saying that that his focus is on self improvement not rivalry: "To be honest, it doesn't really affect me who I'm racing, just personally I have a lot of things I want to work on. I'm not motivated by my competition at the moment. I'm motivated by my own personal faults in some areas and trying to improve myself as a person and as a swimmer."
A Missile on a different mission then, one complete with a new mind coach and a desire to get back to the days when Grant Hackett described the Dolphins ethic as "one for all and all for one".
"I think the biggest thing for us is getting a chance to come together a few times before trials and hopefully again before world championships so we can really get that cohesion going and swimming as a united group by the time world championships comes around," Magnussen said. "I certainly don't think the problems were anywhere near the magnitude that they were blown up to be, but I think we could work on our cohesion a little. We do get on well and I'm sure come world championships it will be a much more united group having had the chance to spend more time together."
Magnussen clocked a high 48 over 100m free during hefty summer training at a local meet recently and aims to repeat that kind own speed over the three days meet in Perth. "For me, it's more about executing my race plan and just getting a chance to get on the blocks again and get the right feel that I want leading into trials," he said. "I'm just doing everything I can to maximise my next four years leading into Rio."