Sep 192004
 
Authors: Jon Pilsner

CSU got a taste of what it takes to win an Olympic gold

medal.

Six of them, that is.

As a part of the Disney Swim with the Stars national tour, the

CSU swimming pool hosted Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps, Ian

Crocker and Lenny Krayzelburg Sunday afternoon, showing local

swimmers and fans drills and participating in a few friendly race

relays.

The three swimmers developed the idea for the event while they

were at the Olympic games in Athens last month.

“One of our goals is to try to increase the awareness of

swimming,” said Crocker, who won a silver medal in Athens in the

100-meter butterfly. “It’s bigger in other countries, and there’s

no reason for it not to be bigger here.”

Krayzelburg said he hoped the experience would be good for

swimming and for kids who are interested in swimming.

“This is incredible,” Krayzelburg said. “It’s really great for

us to do.”

Phelps, who was highly touted going into the Athens games and

won six gold metals, said it was a way for him to give back to the

sport of swimming.

“We’re going to try to take the sport of swimming further,”

Phelps said. “This is a first step.”

The swimmers each took solo turns in the pool, showing the crowd

a variety of training tips and exercises they do while they train.

Afterwards, they raced each other, first as individuals, then with

local kids whose ages ranged from 9 to 13.

“Interacting with (the kids), for me, is the great part,” Phelps

said. “To see the kids smile after they race with us, or even

seeing how nervous they are before the race, it’s really

great.”

The swimmers said that although they recognize they are role

models for children, they like this event because it gives them a

chance to show their fans that they are pretty normal people.

“To me, giving back to them is a good thing,” Krayzelburg said.

“Our purpose is to make a bigger swimming audience.”

Phelps agreed.

“This is something that will help,” Phelps said. “It will bring

attention to the sport. That’s a wonderful thing.”

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