If that's not the most bellicose opening to a 606 article ever I'll eat my swimming cap.
I'm not proud of it, though, in fact I'm a little bit sorry. But you'll have to indulge me - interviewing British open water swimming star Cassie Patten has left me in a feisty mood.
In case you missed it (it was during one of British sport's "we're hopeless" hand-wringing sessions), the 20-year-old Patten overcame chilly water and jellyfish stings to claim a surprise silver medal in the 10km open water race at the World Swimming Championships in Melbourne in March.
Not that it was a surprise to her. Despite only taking up the event nine months before, Patten was convinced she could medal in swimming's most gruelling event. If only more of performance director Bill Sweetenham's British squad had such belief in their abilities - he probably wouldn't be looking for a new job come the summer of 2008, for starters.
But why should we care?
Well, I care because I have been doing a little bit of open water swimming this last month as I prepare for my first Olympic distance triathlon in London in August and I know just how hard it is and how good she is.
And I think the rest of you should care because Patten, a sports-mad dyslexic who only tried open water swimming when her preferred route to success in the pool appeared to be closing, is a perfect example of what lots of hard work and a very postive mental attitude can achieve.
She is also one of our best shots at an Olympic medal in Beijing next year as "swimming's marathon" is part of the programme for the first time.
Boosted by her success in the world's seas, lakes and rivers, Patten has even revitalised her pool prospects - she won the 800m title at the British Championships a week after her epic swim in Australia.
She is, in short, an absolute inspiration.
But what I want to ask is can you think of a harder, more physically and mentally demanding Olympic sport? Will anybody suffer more for their medal than an open water swimmer?
Many (the vast majority) will be able to say that even getting to the Olympics is the product of a lifetime of sacrifice and toil. But will they be able to say they have suffered the range of trials and tribulations that open water swimmers experience?
During Patten's short career outdoors she has raced whilst seasick, been badly stung by jellyfish, almost got lost, ignored shark warnings, shrugged off fears of hypothermia and generally gritted her teeth and got on with it.
Patten and her OW buddies get my vote, who gets yours?