Olympic Swimming

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by Zoe Mixon

The United States brought home one hundred and twenty one medals from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. Thirty-three of those medals were won by the Olympic US swim team. Michael Phelps, Simone Manuel, and Katie Ledecky are some of the top  medalists on the team.

Thirty-one year old Michael Phelps has won twenty-eight Olympic medals, and eighteen of them are gold. He has competed in five Olympic games, stealing medals every time. Sadly, he retired after his fifth Olympics this year. Although he is now retired, he did not leave without giving the other swimmers a challenge. He set three world records in the one hundred meter butterfly, two hundred meter butterfly, and the four hundred meter individual medley. Maybe one day someone will break those records.

Katie Ledecky, another exceptional Olympian, has been swimming since she was six. She holds two world records, four championships, and one Olympic medal. That was before she even got her driver’s licence. Now she has five Olympic medals, and holds a lot more than two world records. Over all she is a great swimmer and the US swim team is lucky to have her.

Simone Manuel is a multi- time NCAA (national collegate athletic association)for the Stanford cardinals. In just her freshman of college she broke the American and NCAA record in the one hundred yard freestyle (which is her signature event). Simone as won four Olympic medals and is hoping to win more in the future.

All of these Olympians had a great year at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. They are all very talented swimmers and i look forward to possibly seeing them in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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