Lia Neal, TWO-TIME OLYMPIC MEDALIST, Food lover, Swimmer, traveler

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LIA NEAL

TWO-TIME OLYMPIC MEDALIST

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I once said at the age of nine that I wanted to make the 2012 Olympics and be the first African American and Chinese swimmer to win an Olympic Gold Medal, setting some pretty high expectations for myself.

But I ended up meeting most of those goals when I made my first Olympic team in London 2012 -- winning a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay and also becoming the first African American woman to swim in an Olympic Final. Four years later, I won a silver in the same event in the Rio 2016 Olympics.  

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Did You Know?

Β· Each day, 10 people drown in the United States.

Β· 70% of African American children, 60% of Latino children, and 40% of Caucasian children have low or no swimming ability.

Β· Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.

To combat these staggering statistics, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers across the country in an effort to provide free or reduced cost swim lessons to kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to swim.

Thanks for your support of SwimBrooklyn and the USA Swimming Foundation.