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Parents' Blog

Before They Were Winners, They Were Beginners

March 23, 2018

Did you know that when he was young, Michael Phelps was afraid of having water on his face? The old saying, "You have to start somewhere", has always rung true. Sometimes it is easy to forget that every amazing athlete, no matter their current prestige, started as a beginner and understanding how preliminary steps, lessons, and small time races can build to the world record shattering results is its own challenge for wouldbe superstars.  If you are just starting out, when the going gets tough, you might just need some inspiration. Here are 3 videos from USA Swimming and The Olympic Channel that tug the heartstrings and remind us that behind every champion is a story of a kid with a dream.

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Olympic Origins: 2x Gold Medalist, Courtney Shealy Hart (Part II)

February 07, 2018

My name is Courtney Shealy Hart from Atlanta. I am a wife, a mom, and a 2000 Olympic 2x gold-medalist.

Hello again from Atlanta. 

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Olympic Origins: 2x Gold Medalist, Courtney Shealy Hart

January 20, 2018

My name is Courtney Shealy Hart from Atlanta. I am a wife, a mom, and a 2000 Olympic 2x gold-medalist.

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Hate Getting in the Pool at First? So Do Olympians!

October 25, 2017

Sometimes it's hard to imagine the life of a swimming athlete from the outside. What does a gym at 5 am really look like anyway? But we all have something that links us to Olympic swimmers and that something is we all hate jumping in cold pools! Listen to Olympic swimmers express our collective angst of the cold plunge!

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