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Jeff Caspersen
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Olympic dreams

The young members of Team Sopris, the area youth swim club that trains at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, have had their eye on the Summer Olympics in London. Their sport is a big draw at the games, where athletes like Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have taken center stage in recent days.

With the help of team parent/marketing guru Amy Cassidy, Post Independent reporter Jeff Caspersen sent Team Sopris’ young swimmers a series of questions about the Olympics and their ambitions in the pool. Here are their answers:

Q. Who are your favorite Olympic swimmers?

A. There are many amazing USA Olympic swimmers but my favorites, by far, are Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte.

Q. What do you think these swimmers did differently or better to make it all the way to the Olympics?

A. To prove their hard work and dedication, Ryan Lochte has been training by [flipping] 809-pound tires, and Missy Franklin has been swimming seven days a week, while also keeping a 3.5 GPA in school.

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Q. What are your personal goals for swimming?

A. My personal goals include swimming for Team USA and winning a gold medal.

Q. What is your favorite thing about swimming for Team Sopris?

A. The best thing about Team Sopris is the friendships that you make and the support you get.

Q. If you could compete in any Olympic event, what would it be?

A. If I could compete in any Olympic event, it would be the 100-meter backstroke, which was the first event that I got Junior Olympics time in.

Q. Who has been most influential/helpful in your swimming career so far?

A. Finally, the most influential person in my swimming career would be my swim coach Damon Garrison.

Q. Who are your favorite Olympic swimmers?

A. Rossi is my brother. He likes Michael Phelps, but he likes every swimmer. My favorite swimmer is Missy Franklin. She is from Colorado like me.

Q. What do you think these swimmers did differently or better to make it all the way to the Olympics?

A. I think they trained harder than everyone else.

Q. Who has been most influential/helpful in your swimming career so far?

A. My daddy and mommy.

Q. What are your personal goals for swimming?

A. For fun, but a scholarship for school.

Q. What is your favorite thing about swimming for Team Sopris?

A. I love my coaches Damon and Keevyn. They are very nice.

Q. If you could compete in any Olympic event, what would it be?

A. I think 100 backstroke.

Q. Who are your favorite Olympic swimmers?

A. My favorite swimmer is Missy Franklin.

Q. What do you think these swimmers did differently or better to make it all the way to the Olympics?

A. This swimmer has had the drive to work hard ever since she was little. She is an amazing role model because she isn’t afraid to be herself and work as hard as she can to achieve her goals.

Q. Who has been most influential/helpful in your swimming career so far?

A. My parents and my coach Damon Garrison have helped me improve my swimming intensely.

Q. What are your personal goals for swimming?

A. I hope to achieve a scholarship for swimming in college. I just want to work my hardest to improve my strokes and my power as much as I can to achieve my greatest potential.

Q. What is your favorite thing about swimming for Team Sopris?

A. My teammates. They are always there to help me and make me smile. That’s what being on a team is all about.

Q. If you could compete in any Olympic event, what would it be?

A. It would probably be the 800 free or the 200 fly. These two events may be the hardest but they also require determination and endurance. Also not many people like them which it makes them even better to compete in because only the best and the hardest workers race.

Q. Who are your favorite Olympic swimmers?

A. Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin.

Q. What do you think these swimmers did differently or better to make it all the way to the Olympics?

A. After the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Ryan Lochte started working harder and eating better so he could achieve more in London in 2012. Michael Phelps has been an amazing swimmer since he was little. He has worked hard to win Olympic medals and break world records. Missy Franklin is an outstanding swimmer from Colorado, where our team has been watching her at swim meets for several years. She has inspired everyone because she is a great swimmer, and also because of her positive attitude which has helped her win her first Olympic gold.

Q. Who has been most influential/helpful in your swimming career so far?

A. My friends, because they help push me at swim meets and, at practice, they are always there for me. My coach has helped me be able to swim faster and make my stroke faster. He gives us hard sets to push us because he knows they will pay off. My parents, because they are always at swim meets for me and help me through bad races. They will be there for me no matter what.

Q. What are your personal goals for swimming?

A. To get a sectionals time, and to go to the Olympic trials and to the Olympics.

Q. What is your favorite thing about swimming for Team Sopris?

A. Doing travel meets and swimming with my friends.

Q. If you could compete in any Olympic event, what would it be?

A. The 100 fly.

Q. Who are your favorite Olympic swimmers?

A. Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin

Q. What do you think these swimmers did differently or better to make it all the way to the Olympics?

A. They trained hard!

Q. Who has been most influential/helpful in your swimming career so far?

A. Coach Keevyn, Coach Damon and my teammate, Shay.

Q. What are your personal goals for swimming?

A. To make it to State.

Q. What is your favorite thing about swimming for Team Sopris?

A. It’s my town’s team and some of my best friends are also on the team.

Q. If you could compete in any Olympic event, what would it be?

A. I would compete in the 400 medley and 400 free.

Q. Who are your favorite Olympic swimmers?

A. Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte.

Q. What do you think these swimmers did differently or better to make it all the way to the Olympics?

A. I think they worked for it and practiced to get there and ate, drank and kept warm.

Q. Who has been most influential/helpful in your swimming career so far?

A. Missy Franklin, because of her age and how she works in swimming and eats, drinks, and keeps warm after events.

Q. What are your personal goals for swimming?

A. My goals are to work on moving up to the next group, working hard in swimming and making it to the Olympics some day like Missy Franklin.

Q. What is your favorite thing about swimming for Team Sopris?

A. How my coach works us and works with us on our strokes and there’s lots of people you can make friends with and every one cheers each other on.

Q. If you could compete in any Olympic event, what would it be?

A. They would be 100 breast, 100 back, 100 free.