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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

Cullen Jones Makes a Splash in Omaha

Make a Splash’s first event of 2010 featured a swim lesson with an Olympian.

Cullen Jones loves to repeat his testimony. It really demystifies the sport when you hear that the gold medalist was once a drowning victim. He actually had to be resuscitated when he went under the water at a water park when he was 5. I admire his mother’s wisdom and vision in enrolling Cullen in swim lessons after that incident. How many of us would have instead instilled a deadly fear of the water in our children after an accident like that?

Watch the video clip. Jones exudes confidence as he teaches children how to swim. It looks like such a humbling job, but teaching children to swim is so empowering. Make a Splash is dedicated to reversing the black drowning rate. To find out more about free or reduced rate swim lessons, click here. See what you can do to get involved.

Omaha, by the way, the site of the 2008 Olympic swim trials, was the birth place of Cullen Jones’ Olympic career. He plans to return for the 2012 Olympic trials.

cross posted at www.imswimming.net

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