Friday, March 06, 2009

Ryan Lochte swimming and inspiring age-groupers in Bristol, Ontario County!

Ryan Lochte was in town to visit his Grandma and then stops by the local YMCA for a workout. The kids go crazy!

Here is a snippet from the Democrat and

"That was so cool, seeing him swimming with us in the same pool. He's my idol," said Erika, 12, a seventh-grader at Canandaigua Academy who has been a swimmer since she was 6.

"I wouldn't have missed this; I just wanted to meet him in person. Meeting Ryan has motivated me and it shows that people can accomplish being an Olympian if they work hard. I want to get to where he is."

That message resonates well with Lochte, a former Bristol Hills resident who attended Bloomfield schools before moving to Florida as a 12-year-old. As part of his visit, he posed for photographs and signed autographs for all 140 Canandaigua swimmers Wednesday night, including Erika, who had her role model sign one of her Lochte posters and a Lochte T-shirt. ..."


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