LONDON -- The Olympics is the biggest stage in the world and every athlete has their superstitions -- the things they do before every race or event.
“I think the pressure can be daunting for all of them,” Olympic swim coach David Marsh said.
NewsChannel 36 got the inside scoop on the rituals and routines of some of our Olympians competing in London, where gold is good, and defeat is devastating.
In the moments before they take the stage, many athletes look for divine intervention.
"I'm also religious, so I always cross myself,” said swimmer Cullen Jones.
Pre-race rituals help them perform their best.
“I take one sort of high knee jump where I bring my knees to my chest in the air and then jump back down, right before I get on the blocks,” Davis Tarwater said.
Nick Thoman said, “I like to let the excitement in the room and the excitement in the coliseum really affect me and get me in the zone."
Swimmer Micah Lawrence is definitely superstitious.
"I have to change something every time,” Lawrence said. "I put on as much clothing as possible. I actually prefer to be sweating."
Some race routines are decades in the making. Brendan Hansen’s been working on his since he was little.
"Ever since I was a little kid, I just didn't want to get into the water because it was too cold and so now it seems I just put my hand in the water and it turns that switch on to where, okay, you're in the race, let's go, let's do this,” he said. “I've been doing it for 26 years and it'll never change."
Whatever routines our Charlotte Olympians have been doing seem to be working pretty well.
Charlotte swimmers alone are bringing home eight medals.