“Before We Were Winners”: Watch Lochte, Franklin, Ledecky Swim As Kids

As we’re just days away from the start of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, swimmers around the nation are taking stock of where and how their journey through the sport began. With such powerhouses as Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps ready to try to represent the stars n’ stripes in Rio, it’s refreshing to see how our favorite swimming icons started out rather humbly in the sport.

We’re able to get a glimpse into the early days of these big names’ careers via USA Swimming’s montage video, where the aforementioned athletes, along with Chase Kalisz, Leah Smithand Simone Manuel push cap-less off the wall, throw awkward strokes through the water, and even hang on the lane line during a race.

“Before we were winners, we were all beginners” is the theme and tagline of the video, which is brought home via announcer Rowdy Gaines’ voice overlaying the youngsters’ action in the pool.  Watching these carefree young spirits reminds us that these phenomenal athletes weren’t born scoring national and world records and grabbing gold medals. They, too, grinded, persevered, and ultimately found the key to fueling their love and passion for the sport into performances that continue to inspire the rest of us.

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The Screaming Viking!

This is without a doubt the best marketing USA Swimming has put out there. I plan to social media the hell out of it on my personal accounts. Good stuff!


Katie Ledecky was a real cutie! Phelps was doing that arm slap thing even as a kid.


Ikr? Arm slap, arm slap.


Love it.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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