Kathleen Hersey & Olympic Finalists Share Secrets [PHOTOS]
Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps aren’t the only top swimmers competing for a prized medal. We’ve found some of the American athletes competing in the day’s top events have some pretty unique habits and history before reaching London. After hearing their stories, we think you will be cheering them on.
Scott Weltz, Men’s 200m Breaststroke Final
According to the Wall Street Journal, Scott will compete in London without his coach by his side. He was unable to make the trip because he wanted to spend time with his family. One surprising pattern unusual for Olympic athletes is Scott’s habit of eating fast food. Without major sponsors, the swimmer needs some cheap calories. “That’s all I can afford,” Scott told the Wall Street Journal. “I drink a lot of V8. That’s my secret.”
Clark Burckle, Men’s 200m Breaststroke Final
Swimming runs in the family for Clark. His older sister, Caroline, was a member of the 2008 USA Olympic Swim Team. Clark claims he started swimming in 2005, “because my sister did!” Ladies, if you want to plan a special evening with Clark, he likes to keep it simple. When asked to describe a relaxing evening, Clark would choose a night watching TV, perhaps his favorite Discovery Channel show “Smash Lab,” by the fire. Awwww.
Cammile Adams, Women’s 200m Butterfly Final
When not swimming 7,000 yards/meter per day for 6 days a week, Cammile might be found listening to her favorite artists, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. Even better, she would be listening to the singers on a beach in Hawaii or in her comfy bed. What most people may not know about the swimmer is she has a nickname of Cam only repeated by her twin sister, Ashley.
Kathleen Hersey, Women’s 200m Butterfly Final
Nicknamed Legs because of her strong, tall lower half, Kathleen spent two years training with the University of Texas Men’s Swim Team, giving up her eligibility to be apart of the women’s team. She hoped it would push her harder in her pursuit of making the Olympic Team and it worked! Adopted at a young age, Kathleen competes in the Butterfly Final Wednesday.
Troy Dumais, Men’s Synchronized 3m Springboard Final
Some athletes are lucky enough to attend the Olympics once in their athletic careers. At 32-years-old, Troy is fortunate enough to have London be his fourth trip to the games. All three of his past trips ended with sixth-place finishes in his diving event. However, 2012 might just be the year. Nicknamed Grandpa by his teammates, Troy recently told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s been a roller-coaster ride…but I haven’t been diving this well for a while.”