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Gilchrist's comeback arrives at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 24, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — On the way to her first game in the Tokyo Olympics, Kaleigh Gilchrist cried. She looked at pictures of family and friends, and thought about climbing out of that terrifying night in South Korea. And the tears just started falling. Tears of joy — and...

Swimming warmup at Olympics can be a chaotic 'nightmare'

Jul. 23, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Cate Campbell was a 17-year-old swimming phenomenon when she learned the dangers of warmup at major competitions the hard way. That’s what a head-on collision with Michael Phelps will do for you. “He was doing a sprint butterfly...

Quadarella is among Ledecky's few challengers for Tokyo

Jul. 15, 2021 06:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Carefree. Spontaneous. Full of life. A contagious ear-to-ear smile. Simona Quadarella is your typical 22-year-old Italian. She’s also one of the few swimmers capable of challenging American standout Katie Ledecky in the longest pool...

Phelps is gone, but plenty of star power at Olympic pool

Jun. 29, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

Michael Phelps loomed over the pool at the past four Summer Olympics, a figure so transcendent it was hard for anyone else to get their proper due. He's retired now, leaving a giant void in his wake. Not to worry. Even without...

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned again, misses Tokyo Olympics

Jun. 22, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — China's most famous swimmer got a second chance to avoid a doping ban and compete at the Tokyo Olympics, and lost. This time, however, Sun Yang's ban is less likely to end the three-time Olympic champion's career. A new panel of judges...

Night of the stars: Dressel, Ledecky keep winning at trials

Jun. 19, 2021 23:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — America's biggest swimming stars shined brightly on the next-to-last night of the Olympic trials. Their only complaint? Both wanted to go a bit faster Saturday. Caeleb Dressel added another event to his Tokyo program, powering to...

Ryan Lochte leaves behind complicated legacy in the pool

Jun. 19, 2021 03:25 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ryan Lochte's gifts in the pool were nearly without peer. He won 12 Olympic medals — tied for second-most by a swimmer in history — and 27 more at world championships. He always had a soft spot for young fans, giving away some of his medals and sticking around until...

Lochte flops: Olympic career likely over after 7th in 200 IM

Jun. 18, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After beating only one other swimmer, Ryan Lochte was the last one to climb from the pool. He struggled to lift himself out of the water, undoubtedly feeling all of his 36 years after attempting to make one more Olympic team in the grueling 200-meter...

Dressel, Ledecky lead chase for Olympic berths at US trials

Jun. 12, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Caeleb Dressel wants to command the Olympics the way he’s done at worlds. Katie Ledecky is seeking to extend her dominance. Ryan Lochte is going after his fifth — and last — Olympic berth. A couple of teenage girls have designs on shaking up the veterans. Simone...

Mack Horton on swim rival Sun Yang: let's change the subject

May. 13, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Two years after his controversial podium move at the world swimming championships, Australian Mack Horton still can't seem to shake off questions about the guy he intended to snub. Horton refused to stand on the podium next to Sun Yang at Gwangju, South...