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Chad La Tourette is five laps away from making the Olympics.
Itâ€™s the 1,500-meter freestyle finals on the last day of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., where the nationâ€™s top 2,000 swimmers have gathered to compete for just a handful of spots on the U.S. Olympic team. […]
But he wonâ€™t. La Tourette has led the field for the first 12 minutes of the race, but in the next three, his dream turns into a nightmare â€” the very same one he lived in 2008.
La Tourette climbs out of the pool, a third-place finisher once again. The first person he finds is Bill Rose, his coach.
â€œIt was the worst thing thatâ€™s ever happened to me in my 45 years of coaching,â€ Rose will later remember. La Tourette will have trouble forgetting, too.
For now, all he does is stare at his coach.