As a 2-year old in swim lessons, I made sure that everyone at the Denver Jewish Community Center knew that I hated the water. In fact, I screamed so loudly that my parents were asked to leave and were refunded the full amount. I know this seems strange coming from a now Aquatics Director but luckily my parents persisted. By the time I was 5-years-old I had graduated from water wings and was allowed to swim in the deep end of the pool. Swimming only got better as I joined my neighborhood summer team, and I knew from a young age that swimming was special and something different.
Join us on Monday, June 19 from 12-3 p.m. at our SwimLabs facility in Sandy, Utah and meet 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin!
Missy’s visit will include a public meeting as well as a series of lessons offered to the winners of our I Swim Because Facebook contest.
Public Event: 12-1:30 p.m.
Franklin will participate in a public event where she will sign autographs, take pictures, speak about her Olympic career and answer questions on her career, technique and favorite swimming memories.
Swim With Missy Contest Lessons: 1:30-3 p.m.
After her public appearance, Franklin will teach lessons to the lucky winners of our I Swim Because contest from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
SwimLabs invites clients and guests to gather and learn valuable tips and pointers from the lessons of fellow team members and friends in the four instructional groups!Missy Franklin began her swimming career with swim lessons at just six months old, in part due her mother’s own fear of water. After a successful club and high school career, Franklin went on to compete in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, where she won five medals (four gold and one bronze). In the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Missy Franklin rounded out her medal count with an additional gold medal in the 4 x 200 freestyle relay. She continues to hold the world record in both the 200-meter backstroke and 4 x 100-meter medley relay.
As a partner and ambassador to the SwimLabs team, Missy Franklin has been instrumental in initiating new ways to communicate and teach skill and technique to swimmers of all ages.
We look forward to giving Missy a special Utah welcome! For questions about this event, contact the SwimLabs Utah staff at 801-553-7172. Check out our Facebook page for updates on this event and information on upcoming events!
By Dillon Virva (2016 Olympic Trials 50 Free Finalist, 22.06 lcm)
When talking with sprinters, you will hear them describe swimming and racing as if they were art enthusiasts speaking about the Mona Lisa. They can describe every nuance of their race, down to the smallest movement or detail.
The important thing to know about sprinting is that there is not just one way to sprint. However, the best sprinters in the world are able to hone in on that style, under extreme circumstances and pressure.
With so many variations in styles and approaches to the splash and dash, I wanted to share three key factors that help me achieve success under pressure:
“I did not have a smooth journey to the top. I made plenty of mistakes- but I always learned from them.”
Jason Lezak, eight-time Olympic medalist and owner of the fastest 100M free relay split of all-time, spent a day at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch on May 31. Lezak spoke to swimmers, parents and coaches about his unique journey before offering critique and feedback to swimmers and recording for the video library.