CSU got a taste of what it takes to win an Olympic gold
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
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
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.”
“This is something that will help,” Phelps said. “It will bring
attention to the sport. That’s a wonderful thing.”