Saturday, January 9, 2010

Superstars Of The Sport - Chloe Sutton

There is perhaps no female with greater upside in the elite open water swimming world than Olympic 10K marathon swimmer and 5K world championship medalist Chloe Sutton.

By the age of 16, Chloe had already been a cover girl on Swimming World Magazine, won the prestigious RCP Tiburon Mile twice (where she donated her US$20,000 in prize money), won the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 10K, the 2007 Pan American Games 10K and won a leg on the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup in London.

She was a two-time USA Swimming national 10K champion, was selected as USA Swimming's 2007 Open Water Swimmer of the Year and competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But she truly emerged out of her post-Olympic disappointment (where she placed 22nd in the 10K) with startling improvement and a laser focus on becoming one of the world's best cross-over athletes.

She trains extremely hard at one of the traditional pool swimming powerhouses in America, the Mission Viejo Nadadores, where her coach, Hall of Famer Bill Rose pushes her beyond exhaustion - daily competing against fast young men - with the ultimate goal of bringing home medals from both the pool and open water.

In 2009, Chloe won the 2009 USA Swimming World Championship Trials in the 800-meter freestyle and has been on a roll ever since on the American pool scene, winning numerous big meets across the country. She recently announced her plans to turn professional and make a living out of her passion and physical talents.

"It is a hard decision to give up the opportunity to swim in college [in America where she would have to remain an amateur to compete]. I want to get the world records; I want to get the gold medals. I want to focus on it for as long as I can...focus on it and accomplish it."

We look to see Chloe continue her accomplished ways as she takes her talents overseas to the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup in Santos, Brazil and, as expected, the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Roberval, Canada this summer.

Stay tuned.

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