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 Olympic Snapshot
The Legend Takes One Last Splash
Janet Evans At the end of the last lap of Janet Evans' career, she ducked under the buoys and floated over to embrace the cocky teen who backed up a boast to take her place. In that poignant moment in the pool, America's greatest and most beloved woman swimmer let go of any lingering animosity she harbored toward fellow American Brooke Bennett, 15. She also let go of a lifetime's work and symbolically passed the torch to Bennett, the new 800-meter freestyle gold medalist.


Van Dyken Steals Show With Four Golds
Amy Van DykenAmy Van Dyken (pictured) was such a poor swimmer in high school that her teammates made fun of her. Now, she's getting the last laugh. Van Dyken, an asthmatic who collapsed after her first Olympic final, became the first American woman to win four gold medals at a single Olympics! No U.S. woman--not Janet Evans, not Jackie Joyner-Kersee, not Mary Lou Retton, not Bonnie Blair--has done that in either the Summer or Winter Games.


A Small Town And Their Big Hero
Michelle Smith Rathcoole, a town of 5,000 people southwest of Dublin, Ireland with a minimarket, four suddenly raucous pubs and no swimming pool, can't believe it reared the freckled redhead who has been the unexpected star of the Olympics. The town's main street is strung with bunting and banners in English and Gaelic reading ``Congratulations Michelle (Smith)''(pictured), ``Our Golden Girl'' and ``You're Simply the Best.''

Dolan's Race of a Lifetime Ends in Gold
Tom Dolan was 11 when he broke his arm and his mother told him he had to avoid swimming. He was a teenager when doctors diagnosed him with asthma, then a narrow windpipe, and explained that these things gave him a poor capacity for oxygen intake, and an even poorer chance at swimming success. Dolan only swam harder, vanquishing the exhaustion, and the dizziness, and the occasional blackouts. On Sunday, he faced his worst enemy -- and won.

 Facts and Figures
Welcome to the 1996 Centennial Games!
Swimming Venue
Georgia Tech's Aquatic Center will host the swimming competition.

1996 Olympic Schedule
Find out the dates of specific events and heats.

The Modern Stroke
Learn how swimming stokes evolved from the "Flying Gull" to the modern butterfly .

History of Swimming
Learn the history of the ancient sport.

Olympic History
Learn how swimming became an Olympic sport.

Swimming in the U.S.
Learn about the first 15 years of the sport in the U.S.

About U.S. Swimming
Learn facts about the U.S. governing body.

Dominating U.S. Swimmers
Past and present U.S. swimmers who have dominated the world.

What to Watch
Things to keep your eyes on at a swim meet.

U.S. Swimming Trivia
Little known facts about U.S. swimmers.

Common Swimming Terms
Learn the terminology of the sport.

All-Time U.S. Olympians
The roster of every U.S. Olympic swimmer.

All-Time Olympic Medalists:
  Free Back Breast Butterfly IM Relay
Men
50m
100m
200m
400m
1500m
100m
200m
100m
200m
100m
200m
200m
400m
400m Free
800m Free
400m Medley
Women 50m
100m
200m
100m
200m
100m
200m
100m
200m
200m
400m
400m Free
400m Medley


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