Brooke Bennett on Comeback Trail for 2016 Olympics: Gold Medal Minute Video


Three-time Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett is making a comeback for the 2016 Olympic Games in  Rio de Janiero.

Bennett was the most dominant distance swimmer from 1996-2000.  She claimed gold at the tender age of 16 in the 800 meter freestyle at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, she won gold in the 400 and 800 meter freestyle.

After the 2000 Olympics, however, Bennett had surgery on both of her shoulders in 2001, and wound up 3rd at the 2004 Olympic Trials in the 800, missing the team.

Bennett is now only 33 years old and is back full-time aiming for the Olympics in Rio in open water swimming.

brooke-bennett, headshot“I am excited, scared and nervous at the same time,” Bennett said of her comeback. “This is a totally new journey, it can’t compare to what I’ve already accomplished as open water is a totally different beast. I will use my wisdom of knowing my body’s limits to push it beyond its comfort zone.”

Cheer Brooke Bennett on and get an inside look at her journey on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow Brooke Bennett on Twitter here.

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Brooke Bennett’s HQ is here.

This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by Host, Gold Medal Mel Stewart, is a 3-time Olympic medalist and co-founder of


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10 years ago

We are rooting for you Brooke! Watching the Winter Olympics has gotten me so excited for the Summer Olympics and all of the great swimmers!

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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