Monday, August 5, 2013

2013 FINA World Championships!

When I was 8 years old I joined my first swim team. It was just a country club team, but I still took it very seriously and had a lot of fun every summer. In middle school I joined a year round team called Hilltoppers at the University of Denver and I later swam for my high school. I was never the best on the team but I always loved the sport and tried my best with all teams I was a part of. Including making sure I never missed a 5am practice! Unfortunately, my college didn't have a swim team so after high school my career was over. :(
 
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My senior swimming picture
 
During every summer Olympics I always plant myself in front of the TV during the swimming events. My friends and family know not to bother me or attempt to change the channel when I am watching swimming. The 2012 Olympics were in London which is a cheap and quick flight from most airports in Spain. I decided on a whim that I wanted to go which lead me to buying a 700 dollar fake ticket. Luckily, I was able to get all my money back (Thanks to my amazing bank Charles Schwab!) But, I was still really disappointed that I was not able to see Michael Phelps swim professionally.
 
This year, I decided to treat myself and make up for not getting into the Olympics by going to the FINA World Championships which just happened to be 4 hours away from Valencia in Barcelona. My tickets were real this time which made me very happy when I was able to get into the pool with no problems.
 
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I was able to see Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, and Katie Ledecky. As well as some championship records and world records! It was so much fun and I am so lucky that I was able to go.
 
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Missy Franklin

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Tyler Clary and Ryan Lochte
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Nathan Adrian

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Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary gold and bronze

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Micah Lawrence

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Ryan Lochte
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Men's 4x200 Free Relay Team
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Men's 4x200 Free Relay
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Gold Medalists
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Missy Franklin
 
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Missy Franklin was very close to getting a world record in the 200 back,
instead she received a Championship Record. Still awesome!

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Hungary's Laszlo Cseh, a very fierce competitor

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South Africa's Chad Le Clos

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Le Clos after winning the 100 butterfly

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Brazil's Caesar Cielo winning gold in 50 free

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Natalie Coughlin

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Missy Franklin winning gold
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Women's 800 Free

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Katie Ledecky with her gold medal and World Record

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