5 Olympic Swimmers to Watch
The venues are being prepped. The athletes are finishing their final practices. The attendees are getting ready to descend on Brazil. It’s almost time!
The 2016 Summer Olympics are right around the corner, and the best swimmers around the world are packing their bags and heading to Rio. Fan favorites like Michael Phelps always put on an exciting performance, and other swimmers have their eyes set on joining him in the elite club of medalists.
If you or your child take Gilbert swimming lessons at EVO / RIO, swimming is probably one of your favorite events of the Olympics. Here are five promising athletes to watch out for during the games.
- Ryan Murphy (USA)
Murphy won both the 100- and 200-metres backstroke races in the Olympic Trials, dethroning Olympic champion Matt Grevers in the process. The U.S. men’s team has a history of dominating at backstroke events (they’ve won gold medals in the last six Olympics), and Murphy is on his way to being the next backstroke king. He could even become the first American to win two gold medals in backstroke since legends Lenny Krayzelburg and Aaron Peirsol.
Weitzeil deferred her acceptance to UC Berkeley to train and compete in the Olympics. She won both the 50- and 100-metre freestyle race during the trials, made the 4×100 freestyle and medley relays, and is the American record holder in the short course 100-metre freestyle. Known for her rather unorthodox “straight-arm” freestyle (more characteristic amongst male swimmers), Weitzeil is poised to medal in both events in Rio.
Santana is a sprint freestyler who won a silver medal in the 50-metre race at the Youth Olympic Games last year and is the Junior World Record holder in the 100-metre race. At only 20 years old, he is an up-and-coming star who will be a key part of the 4×100 relay and is hoping to bring home a gold for his host country.
McEvoy is the first Aussie to win the freestyle triple crown (50/100/200) titles at the Australian Nationals. This young sprint star will be taking over for veteran James Magnussen, who did not qualify for an individual event. McEvoy’s winning time in the 100-metre race was the fastest time since the ban on 2009 performance-enhancing swimsuits and the third-fastest time in history.
At 19, Ledecky is Team USA’s most dominant force in the pool. She was a surprise gold medalist in the 800-metre race at the 2012 London Olympics and has been on fire ever since. Already the best distance freestyler in history — she owns the 10 fastest times ever, and the nearest competitor is 7.5 seconds behind her! — Ledecky added to her repertoire by winning the 200-metre freestyle race at the Olympic Trials. Never before have we seen such dominance over such varying distances. She will have a chance to win the 200-, 400-, and 800-metre events and be the undisputed greatest female freestyler of all time.
Tune in August 5 for the Opening Ceremonies and August 6-13 to see these swimmers in action!