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Florence Griffith-Joyner - also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. The world records she set in 1988 for both the 100 m and 200 m still stand. During the late 1980s she became a popular figure due to both her record-setting athleticism and eclectic personal style. Griffith-Joyner was athletic from a young age and began running track meets as a child. While attending California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), she continued to compete in track and field. While still in college, she qualified for the 100 m 1980 Olympics, although she did not actually compete due to the U.S. boycott. She made her Olympic debut four years later, winning a silver medal in the 200 meter distance at the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles. At the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials, Griffith set a new world record in the 100 meter sprint. She went on to win three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics. In February 1989, Griffith-Joyner abruptly retired from athletics. She remained a pop culture figure through endorsement deals, acting, and designing. She died in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure in 1998 at the age of 38.
The Henley Royal Regatta hosted the rowing events for both the 1908 and 1948 London Summer Olympics and the canoeing events for the 1948 Summer Olympics
Ian Thorpe (is an Australian retired swimmer who specialized in freestyle, but also competed in backstroke and the individual medley. He has won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any Australian along with fellow swimmer Emma McKeon. With three gold and two silver medals, Thorpe was the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics, held in his hometown of Sydney)
Ian gained the nickname of Thorpedo due to his superior ability to swim fast.
As a child, Ian Thorpe was allergic to chlorine. As a result, he had to swim his early races with his head out of the water. Even still, Ian was able to win. From this early age, Ian was destined for swimming greatness, even with such a handicap as being allergic to chlorine. Eventually without medication, Ian was able to overcome the allergy. During his career, Ian has spent thousands of hours in chlorine pools.
Just outside of Sydney, Australia in Ultimo, New South Wales is the Ian Thorpe Aquatic and Fitness Centre. The center, named after Thorpe, has three swimming pools as well as a fully equipped gym. One of the pools is an indoor 50 meter heated lap pool. The $40 million facility is shaped like a wave and was designed by Harry Seidler from Vienna, a famous architect in Australia.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee - is a retired American track and field athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon as well as long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals in those two events at four different Olympic Games. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine voted Joyner-Kersee the Greatest Female Athlete of All-Time. She is on the Board of Directors for USA Track & Field (U.S.A.T.F.), the national governing body of the sport. Joyner-Kersee is one of the most famous athletes to have overcome severe asthma.
Nelly Korda (is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour, where she has won six times. She won the Olympic gold medal at the women's individual golf event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan)
Nelly's father is former Czech professional tennis player Petr Korda...............
Nelly's sister Jessica also competes on the LPGA tour and was at the 2020 Olympics (finished tied for 15th)..............
Congratulating her sister on the final hole.................
Ryan Lochte - is an American competitive swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist. Along with Natalie Coughlin, Dara Torres, and Jenny Thompson, he is the second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history measured by total number of medals, behind only Michael Phelps. Lochte's seven individual Olympic medals rank second in history in men's swimming (again to Michael Phelps), tied for second among all Olympic swimmers. He currently holds the world records in the 200-meter individual medley (long and short course). As part of the American teams, he also holds the world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle (long course) and 4×100-meter freestyle (mixed) relay.
Rio 2016 - Lochte bleached his hair blonde
Who could forget the gas station incident in Rio...........................
Marathon Swimming (Taking place in open water environments such as the sea, rivers and lakes, but with a premium on safety, the men's and women's 10km open water swimming event is known as the marathon swimming event. This event is a relative newcomer to the Olympic program, making its debut as an official Olympic event at the Beijing 2008 Games. Usually staged on a circular course, the swimmers receive water at regular intervals as their endurance is tested to the maximum for up to two hours. Naturally, records are important, but as the races are often determined by weather and the open water conditions, planning a strategy is of vital importance. The swimmers who are able to use the waves, tides and currents to their best advantage are often those who post the best results. Being in tip-top physical condition is a given, but there also many swimmers with a wealth of experience in skillfully responding to the prevailing conditions and planning the optimal strategies)
"Feeding" during the marathon. Marathon swimmers spend about two hours in the water. As such, staying well hydrated is one of the most important factors of racing, especially in humid conditions. In order to take water in the most efficient way possible, coaches head to the water’s edge and hand their athlete a water bottle attached to a large stick with their nation’s flag on it...........
Marathon swimming is unique in that competitors must navigate around natural factors, as well as their rivals. Fish could be seen jumping over the heads of swimmers as they cut through the water at the Odaiba Marine Park, with one hitting a bronze medalist Kareena Lee’s chest. "It jumped up and hit me (on the chest). I didn't know what it was at first and I was like 'woah'," Australian Lee said of the fish.........
Calling it a night...........................
Oscar De La Hoya - is an American professional boxer who represented the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics where, shortly after having graduated from high school, he won a gold medal in the lightweight division, and reportedly "set a sport back on its feet."