5 GREATEST SWIMMING MOMENTS EVER
In a challenge that’s 12 weeks long it’s easy to lose the motivation to keep swimming. So, to help get you back in the pool, we’ve compiled the greatest swimming moments from the Olympics and Paralympics. We hope they inspire you enough to dive back in!
1) 8-For-8 Gold Medals
It would be impossible to write a list of the greatest swimming moments without including Michael Phelps. He could easily have several entries on this list, but his eight gold medals in eight races at the 2008 Beijing Games is definitely his greatest and most inspiring achievement. There were moments it seemed like he wouldn’t achieve his goal – from his goggles filling up with water during the 200m fly, to the moment he won the 100m fly by a single miraculous lunge. However, he emerged victorious and his achievement is easily one of the greatest feats by any Olympic athlete.
2) Rim Ju Song
Despite coming last in his race in the London 2012 Paralympics, Rim Ju Song absolutely deserves a place on this list. Not only was he the first ever North Korean to take part in the Paralympic Games, but only one year before he didn’t even know how to swim! His appearance in the Paralympics has been hailed as a landmark achievement, and if that’s not inspiring we don’t know what is!
3) Katie Ledecky
When 15 year old Katie Ledecky dived into the pool in the London 2012 Olympics, no one was expecting her to become the standout star. It was a surprise she even made the Olympic team since her best time prior to making the team was 6 seconds too slow (a long time in the elite swimming world!). However, during the 800m freestyle race Ledecky stunned everyone as she not only won the race but also came within six tenths of a second of the world record! Since then Ledecky continues to set and smash records; an icon for girl power!
4) Lu Dong
If you ever feel like you can swim no longer, turn to Chinese swimmer Lu Dong for inspiration. When Lu Dong was just six years old she lost her arms in a car accident and had to learn how to eat, wash, write and do everything with just her feet. 15 years later, she completed the 100m backstroke in the 2012 Paralympics in 1 minute 24.71 seconds; winning gold and breaking the world record using only her legs!
5) Ellie Simmonds
At just 13 years old Ellie Simmonds, who has Achondroplasia dwarfism, won two gold medals for Great Britain in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. This incredible win catapulted her into the public eye and in the same year she became the youngest winner of the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, followed by the youngest recipient of an MBE when she was 14. Since then she was won 13 world titles, 10 European titles and broken various World records!
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