Olympic swimmers host clinic in Syracuse
It's not every days that a kid gets to meet his or her Olympic heroes, but that was the case for a group of local swimmers Sunday. As YNN's Erin Clarke tells us, Camillus Swim Club members and others got lessons from a couple of gold medalists.
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The next generation of swimmers learned from Olympians.
"What are some of the things that you learned? How to make breast stroke easier and go by faster and become faster at it," said Colin Riley.
Josh Davis and Ian Crocker, who are gold medal swimmers with the Mutual of Omaha Breakout Clinic, gave kids some lessons Sunday.
"I think it's really exciting to get to learn some swimming information from Olympians," said Hannah Kanoza.
And learn they did. How to improve their strokes and something that doesn't even require them to jump in the pool.
The Olympians want the kids to leave with more than improved swimming skills. They also want them to walk away with higher self esteem.
"We also want them to be strong of mind and strong of heart and strong of spirt and whether they win a gold medal or not, they can be a great human being by always doing their best," said Davis.
That's how he and Crocker became champions. They weren't always the best.
"When you surround yourself with positive people and you set your goals and you never give up and you work really hard for a long, long time, you're going to be amazed at where your life ends up," said Davis.
For some of these young swimmers, perhaps standing on a podium before the world receiving the gold.
To learn more about the clinic visit www.breakoutswimclinic.com