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On the Road to Rio: Roy Burch

Watch Roy Burch swim. You see an athletically built, talented young black man powering through the water. What you can't see by simply looking at this swimmer is a phoenix rising from the ashes: Following the death of his most beloved fan and a near-crippling injury, he’s still training for ...

On the Road to Rio: Conor Dwyer

Conor Dwyer drives a BMW X-1. The lease comes with the prize purse for the Arena Pro Swim Series, which concluded this month. He’s now won the seven-event series three years in a row. The 27-year-old swimmer may soon have a more prestigious take … if he can earn Olympic ...

On the Road to Rio: Reece Whitley

At 15, swimmer Reece Whitley earned a rare accolade. A handful of other young swimmers are breaking records and inspiring predictions of Olympic glory. But how many get a congratulatory Tweet from First Lady Michelle Obama? Whitely is expected to become the next great swimming star in the United States. ...

On the Road to Rio: Dana Vollmer

Dana Vollmer calls herself a “momma on a mission.” After winning four Olympic gold medals, the swimmer briefly retired to start a family. Now, as the proud parent of a one-year-old boy, she’s back in the water, juggling diaper changes with training for Olympic glory in Rio. An Early Start ...

On the Road to Rio: Simone Manuel

At first glance, Simone Manuel may seem like your normal 19-year-old college sophomore. She uses Snapchat, struggles with pastry temptations at Panera, and likes to hang out with friends and make music videos. Look a little closer, and you will see a strong-willed, highly athletic young woman who wants to ...

On the Road to Rio: Nathan Adrian

In Bremerton, Wash., suitably close to the YMCA, a small street bears the name Nathan Adrian Drive. When unveiled in 2012, it was a rare honor for a 23-year-old. But given Nathan Adrian’s already stellar swimming career – and his continued promise for more Olympic gold this summer in Rio ...

On the Road to Rio: Cullen Jones

Sometimes, a traumatic experience can have a positive impact. It can motivate individuals to new heights, revealing hidden talents and inspiring others along the way. Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones is one of these people. His road to Rio began with a near-fatal drowning. From Trauma to Competition Born Cullen Andrew ...

On the Road to Rio: Katie Ledecky

In 1998, the TODAY Show’s Al Roker chatted on-air, as he still does, with some folks out on the plaza. On this day, it was a mom with her two young children, Katie and Michael. Little did Roker know that in a decade and a half, Katie would return to ...

This Day in Swimming: The 1st Modern Olympics (1896)

When we think of swimming as an Olympic sport, we picture an Olympic-size pool, diving blocks, decent water temperatures, both male and female athletes, as well as years of training. However, these modern Olympic swimming amenities are a far cry from what Olympic swimmers had 120 years ago. A Disorganized ...

VIDEO: Learn all 4 Swim Strokes from Ryan Lochte

It'd be a dream come true for any aspiring swimmer: a day at the pool with 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, learning the fundamentals of the freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, and backstroke. In this video, USA Today Sports reporter Nicole Auerbach attempts all four swim strokes under Lochte's learned eye. The ...

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