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Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 2, because we’re pumped for gold

Sinead RussellBackstroke
Sinead Russell,
18, Burlington

“I absolutely hate losing. My parents were both swimmers, and they’re very competitive. My mom taught me to swim when I was three—she’s still my coach. I’ve been competing since I was four, but I only got serious about it at age 10.

“When I get in the water, it’s as natural as walking. To train, I go running, I do Pilates, and I do mixed martial arts twice a week, which is good for cardio and for strengthening my legs. I cope with the pressure by reading. My teammates tease me when we travel because my suitcase is always over the weight limit. I’ll read anything. One time I read three novels in one day.

“I just graduated from high school, and this September I’ll be going to the University of Florida on a scholarship. Generally, I’m good at balancing my education and my training, even though I missed 12 weeks of class last year. Today I’m ranked first in Canada in the 200-metre backstroke, and I hold national records in both the 100- and the 200-metre backstroke. I’m psyched for London.”

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