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  • Feb

    Haley Anderson: Gearing up for Rio!

    By Haley Anderson, 2012 Olympian


    Hello All! My name is Haley Anderson and I wanted to introduce myself for these blogs about my journey to Rio 2016 this summer.

    It actually starts back in my summer league days in Livermore, California. I still remember those summers of swimming at our club, long days filled with swim practice, tennis lessons and basketball and general goofing around with my older sister Alyssa.

    I wouldn't be able to talk about my own swimming path without talking about my family of swimmers. It starts with my mom, she swam in college at the University of Hawaii and was also a distance swimmer. She got my sisters and I into swimming at an early age. We tried so many different sports and swimming was the one that always stuck. My older sister Alyssa went off to college at the University of Arizona and became an All-American who won an Olympic Gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 800 free relay. I swam at the University of Southern California from 2009-2013. Shortly after winning my first NCAA title in my junior year at USC, I qualified for my first Olympic team, too: Open Water Marathon event at the London Games. I was able to bring home the first open water medal for the United States winning a silver. 


    My younger sister Jordan is now a studly freshman swimming at the University of Utah. Three sisters, all at Pac-12 schools, which makes for some fun debates on whose football team is better in the fall. #FightOn

    This go around has been completely different for me than making the team in 2012. I have so many more races under my belt, more experience in and out of the pool. Since London, I have graduated college and began my journey as a professional swimmer, shattering my expectations of what that means but at the same time creating my own path post collegiately.


    As a result of my performance at Worlds last year in Kazan, Russia, I already earned a spot for Rio. Qualifying a year out means, a year to focus, a year to train, a year to be better than I was before.

    I hope you can follow me on my journey and maybe learn about what I am up to in the months ahead. We are going to do some fun things here on SwimOutlet’s social media that gives you a little behind the scenes of my life, my training, a bit about where I live and what I go through to be the best that I can be.

    I’ll be taking over their Snapchat @SwimOutlet this week and SwimOutlet will be giving away an Arena suit -- so thanks for following along!

    @SwimHaley - Twitter and Instagram

    Win an Arena suit! To enter, simply send Haley best wishes and good luck for her 2016 Olympic campaign in the blog comments below! All entries must be received by Sunday, Feb 28. One entry per person. Winner selected at random.

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    Bart Conry
    5 years ago.
    Best of luck, Haley!!! Conry's in Ohio are pulling for you!
    5 years ago.
    Just learned a championship level open water event will be held in our town, Lawrence, KS. Hope to see you there! And good luck with everything Olympic bound!
    5 years ago.
    GOOD LUCK IN RIO!!! Swim hard swim fast
    Lindsey Barrett
    5 years ago.
    Pour your heart and soul into you these next few months Haley! And remember... It's just swimming.
    5 years ago.
    Good Lucky in Rio2016. Belive in yourself and swim
    Fast ??
    Delbert Johnson
    5 years ago.
    Good luck Haley! Crush the competition!
    Grant Rainwater
    5 years ago.
    Good lucky Haley! Kill it out there :)
    Jennifer Ha
    5 years ago.
    Good luck with your 2016 Olympic campaign! I look forward to it!!
    5 years ago.
    Good luck and best of wishes on 2016 Olympic Campaign!
    5 years ago.
    Good Luck from Peru! you can do it!
    Abby Ford
    5 years ago.
    Thanks for being an inspiration to us younger swimmers! Good Luck!
    Gayle martin
    5 years ago.
    Best of luck! You are amazing.
    Trisha Noland
    5 years ago.
    Best wishes and Good Luck to you! Hope you do well in the coming months and in your Olympic journey!
    5 years ago.
    Good luck Haley! You will do great! :)
    5 years ago.
    Good luck. So excited to watch you swim. I love open water swimming.
    Kyle Darling
    5 years ago.
    Good luck in Rio! I was super excited to watch you win at Worlds and I know you'll do fantastic in Rio. Can't wait to watch!
    5 years ago.
    Goos luck Haley!
    Liam Callahan
    5 years ago.
    Good Luck Haley!
    Hannah Hale
    5 years ago.
    Best of luck for your rio campaign!! I'm sure everything will go swimmingly!
    Tarryn Rennie
    5 years ago.
    Congratulations on qualifying! I swim for Zimbabwe and it was always my dream to represent at the Olympics. It's always wonderful hearing all the success stories of those who have qualified.
    Good luck! I'll be watching along and following your results. As you said you have another year of training and four more years experience under the belt - really all it takes now is courage! Go after it.
    Best, Tarryn
    5 years ago.
    Your story was very inspiring! Best wishes to you and good luck at your Rio 2016 Olympics campaign :)
    5 years ago.
    Good luck Haley!
    Todd B
    5 years ago.
    Good luck Haley! Fight On!!
    5 years ago.
    Good Luck Haley in Rio. Our family will be cheering you on from Pennsylvania
    5 years ago.
    Best of luck .... Swim fast!
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