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This Day in Swimming: Women Swim at the Olympics

The ancient Olympics were for male athletes only. A woman could score a victory only as a horse owner, not as the jockey. The modern Olympics recognized swimming at the 1896 Games, but the first women swimmers did not compete until 1912.

On the Road to Rio: Maya DiRado

“Maya has a great natural feel for the water,” according to Greg Meehan, Head Coach for Stanford University’s swimming team. “Most elite swimmers do, but they don’t always have this skill in multiple strokes.”

This Day in Swimming: Lynne Cox Swims Across the Iron Curtain

August 7, 1987, was a foggy morning on the Alaskan coast. Lynne Cox faced out over the frigid waters of the Bering Strait. The 30-year-old open water swimmer was about to cross the U.S.-Soviet border, which the Cold War had been keeping closed since 1948. 11 Years in the Making ...

On the Road to Rio: Kelsi Worrell

It’s an Olympic success story that’s still being written: an All-American girl who displays physical and mental discipline to overcome health obstacles and beat the record of her idol. For swimmer Kelsi Worrell, the fairy-tale ending would be a podium finish in Rio this August. And that chapter seems like ...

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 ...

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