Olympic swimming star Ricky Berens retired from swimming after the 2012 London Olympics…for a mere seven weeks. He wanted to end his career on a high note, on a gold medal performance. (Berens won gold in the 4×200 freestyle relay and silver in the 4×100 freestyle relay in London.) In theory retirement made sense, but in reality he missed the pool, missed being in shape, missed the competitive action. Moveover, his college coach, Eddie Reese, offered him a graduate assistant coaching position at the University of Texas that enabled Berens to stay with the program in a supportive way that also allowed him to train for world-class competition.
Olympic gold medalist, Ricky Berens, is now among the older members of Team USA, but he is not backing off his mid-distance training. While Berens made the 2012 US Olympic Team in the 4×100 free relay and split a 48.52 at the London Olympics on that relay, Berens says he must train for his main event, the 200 free, to be competitive in the 100 free.
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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.