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Ten American swimmers won individual gold medals at last year’s Olympic Games in London. In this issue, we asked each of them – minus Michael Phelps – a few questions that would help you get to know them better. We also asked them to give us five tips for swimming their gold medal events that you can use to swim faster.
At a recent photo shoot, Nathan Adrian had to lie in chin-high water mixed with acrylic paint for several hours to get the perfect photo for an ad campaign. It looked like he was in milk, which he said would have tasted better and been less chalky. That’s the kind of sport Adrian is, and it belies his ultra-competitive nature – the same nature that drove him to win his first individual gold medal last summer in London in the 100m freestyle.
Special Online Extra: Watch Nathan’s gold-medal race at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Tyler Clary bounced back from what he deemed a disappointing 2011 World Championships to pull off one of the surprise upsets at the 2012 Olympic Games, out-touching the field for gold in the 200 back. Now he’s setting his sights on his budding auto racing career and even bigger goals in the pool for Rio 2016.
Special Online Extra: Watch Tyler’s gold-medal race at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Missy Franklin is the typical high school senior: she’s going to prom, gearing up for her first year in college, and excited about the future. Except, in Missy’s case, she’s got five Olympic medals, been to the Golden Globes and the VMAs, and has a huge swimming career still ahead of her.
Special Online Extra: Watch Missy’s gold-medal races at the 2012 Olympic Games.
When Matt Grevers won silver in the 100m backstroke at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he got just a taste of his lifelong dream to be the best swimmer in the world. In 2012, he fulfilled it, winning gold in that event in London. Now he’s back in the pool with his eyes on Rio 2016.
Special Online Extra: Watch Matt’s gold-medal races at the 2012 Olympic Games.
At 15 years old, Katie Ledecky was the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and made her name known worldwide when she won gold in the 800-meter freestyle in London. She missed the world record by about a half a second, but her time of 8:14.63 broke the longest-standing American record in the books. Ledecky turned 16 in March and is completing her sophomore year at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Md.
Special Online Extra: Watch Katie’s gold-medal races at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Ryan Lochte is no stranger to Olympic success. He won his first gold in 2004, helping upset the favored Australians in the 800m free relay. In 2008, he won his first individual gold in the 200m backstroke. He then followed suit in 2012 with another individual gold in the 400m IM. He’s now busy promoting his new reality show and training for the 2013 World Championship Trials.
Special Online Extra: Watch Ryan’s gold-medal races at the 2012 Olympic Games.
After making the Olympic team fresh out of high school in 2008, Allison Schmitt shocked the world in her second Olympics with a stunning performance last summer in London. Schmitt brought home five medals, including individual gold in the women’s 200m freestyle, gold in the 400m medley relay and 400m freestyle relay, silver in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 400m freestyle relay.
Special Online Extra: Watch Allison’s gold-medal races at the 2012 Olympic Games.
As one of the team captains last year in London, Rebecca Soni helped lead the USA to unbelievable swimming success at the Games, winning gold and setting the world record twice in the 200m breaststroke.
Special Online Extra: Watch Rebecca’s gold-medal races at the 2012 Olympic Games.
In many ways, what Dana Vollmer accomplished last summer – winning a gold medal and setting a world record in the 100 butterfly at the London Olympics – was more miracle than mission. But when all was said and done, Vollmer overcame all that life could throw at her to fulfill her destiny of becoming an individual Olympic champion.
Special Online Extra: Watch Dana’s gold-medal races at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Other Features and Departments:
Mike Gustafson: Reality Swimming on TV
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top 10 Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength and Conditioning: You Don’t Know Squat
Nutrition Tips: Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie/What to Eat Before, During and After a Workout
Mental Tips: Quick Tips for Addressing Your Mental Tips
Athletic Foodie with Garrett Weber-Gale
Best Race Ever: Missy Franklin
Ten Songs with Alyssa Anderson
Getting to Know Shannon Vreeland
AST Athlete Profile