It’s not every day that a decorated former U.S. Olympian pays a visit to Chippewa Falls. Five-time medalist Ian Crocker did just that Saturday morning.
Crocker, who won three gold medals, a silver and a bronze during his time on the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, hosted a youth swimming clinic Saturday at the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA. With about 70 participants, the Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic focused primarily on the basic fundamentals of swimming with Crocker also making a point to illustrate to the swimmers the hard work it takes to be successful in the sport.
“Mostly it’s just foundation stuff with swimming, which is important with the young, fundamental swimmers who are just starting out,” Crocker said about the clinic’s focus. “But it’s also important for the older kids to be reminded of the foundation and how to keep efficient. But beyond that, I think the main goal and the reason we come is to show them that yes, we started out with a dream, followed it and ended up making the Olympic team. But there’s nothing unique about us. We worked hard and kept at it when a lot of other people failed.”