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FILE - In this July 31, 2012, file photo, United States' Allison Schmitt holds her gold medal after winning the women's 200-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Schmitt is a graduate student at Arizona State and worked an internship last year counseling students. She’s taking a break from her studies this year while attempting to qualify for a fourth Olympics appearance. Schmitt, who turns 30 on June 7, didn’t initially plan on trying for one more Olympic bid. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza, File)

Gold-medalist Allison Schmitt seeks 4th Olympic swim berth

Jan. 21, 2020 2:05 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Going back to school and training with Arizona State’s swimmers occasionally reminds four-time Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt of her relatively advanced age by her sport’s standards. “I almost feel like a mom sometimes,” the 29-year-old Schmitt...

Dave Salo to retire as USC swimming coach at end of March

Jan. 16, 2020 6:06 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dave Salo will retire as Southern California men's and women's swimming coach after 14 years when the season ends in late March, but he will continue coaching Olympic hopefuls who train on the school's campus. Salo said Thursday that after the Tokyo Games end in August he will continue...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are prohibited by the Olympic Charter's Rule 50 from taking a political stand in the field of play — like the raised fists by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games. (AP Photo, file)

IOC details rules on political protests at Olympics

Jan. 9, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — No taking a knee at the Olympics. No hand gestures with political meaning. No disrespect at medal ceremonies. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are...

Agnes Keleti, former Olympic gold medal winning gymnast, poses for a photo with two of her Olympic medals at her apartment in Budapest, Hungary Wednesday Jan. 8, 2020. Although she turned 99 on Thursday, even a 9-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with Agnes Keleti's irrepressible energy and enthusiasm. Keleti is the oldest living Olympic champion and a Holocaust survivor. She won 10 medals in gymnastics — including five golds — at the 1952 Helsinki Games and at the 1956 Melbourne Games. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic champion, turns 99

Jan. 9, 2020 6:44 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Although she turned 99 on Thursday, even a 9-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with Agnes Keleti's irrepressible energy and enthusiasm. Keleti is the oldest living Olympic champion and a Holocaust survivor. She won 10 medals in gymnastics — including five golds...

File-This Aug. 23, 2013, file photo shows Serena Williams, of the United States, looking up at the scoreboard during her match against Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, in the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Williams has been voted the AP Female Athlete of the Decade for 2010 to 2019. Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span. She also tied a record for most consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 and collected a tour-leading 37 titles in all during the decade. Gymnast Simone Biles finished second in the vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. Swimmer Katie Ledecky was third, followed by ski racers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Serena Williams aces AP Female Athlete of the Decade honors

Dec. 28, 2019 1:32 PM EST

Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the celebrity status...

Swimmers are displayed on a screen during the women's 400-meter individual medley in an International Swimming League event Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Sjostrom dominates at International Swimming League finale

Dec. 21, 2019 8:51 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sarah Sjostrom earned season MVP honors and her Energy Standard team won the grand finale of the International Swimming League on Saturday. The Swedish swimmer received $50,000 in edging out American star Caeleb Dressel by 3 1/2 points. He was named MVP of the two-day grand finale in Las...

Daiya Seto celebrates after his swim in the the men's 400-meter individual medley during an International Swimming League event Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Swimming reinvents itself with glitz and cash of pro league

Dec. 20, 2019 7:21 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a darkened arena on the Las Vegas Strip, swimming is being reinvented. Some of the sport's biggest names are competing in the grand finale of the International Swimming League, with flashing lights, pulsating music spun by an on-deck DJ and action-packed racing in a concept the sport...

In this Aug. 11, 2016 file photo United States' Missy Franklin wears gloves as she prepares for a women's 200-meter backstroke semifinal during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After a dismal showing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she qualified in just two events and won her only medal as a morning relay swimmer, Franklin underwent surgery on both shoulders. She transferred from Cal to Georgia, hoping a change of scenery and working with Bauerle would help spur her comeback. Unfortunately, her shoulders continued to hurt. When doctors told her she could undergo another surgery, but there was a less than 50 percent chance it would relieve her pain in the pool, Franklin decided to retire. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, file)

Missy Franklin 'so grateful,' embraces life after swimming

Dec. 11, 2019 6:14 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Missy Franklin can still light up a room. She'll start off with that big, broad smile. Then comes the bubbly laugh, summoned from deep in the belly. Finally, there's a boundless, almost child-like passion for whatever is on her mind. “The thing that people always ask me about her,...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, athletes compete in a marathon swimming test event at Odaiba Marine Park, a venue for marathon swimming and triathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo. The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity. Some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body want similar treatment: find an alternative to the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay known as the “Odaiba Marine Park.”(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Troubled waters: Open water swimming faces do-over of 2016

Dec. 6, 2019 2:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Haley Anderson has been through this before. In the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, all the talk about open water swimming focused on the conditions rather than the competition. Now, it's happening again with the Tokyo Games less than a year away. This time, there is concern about the...

Dressel, Manuel win athlete of year honors at Golden Goggles

Nov. 25, 2019 12:18 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caeleb Dressel won male athlete of the year as the lone nominee in the category at the Golden Goggle awards that honor USA Swimming’s top athletes and performances of the year. Simone Manuel earned female athlete of the year honors, beating out Katie Ledecky, Lilly King and Regan...