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.
“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.”
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