She was with her on most of the major swims of the 1970s, is a friend, adviser, and sparring partner.
Johansson needed a sparring partner, and a young, brash man, just a year out of the amateurs, volunteered.
He's been sparring partner of one of the champions and he thinks a good deal of himself.
Then he was a sparring partner, I think they call it, for a prizefighter.
He had had no sparring partner, and his food had not been of the best nor always sufficient.