By a Fraction of a Second: The Inside Story of Nine Swimmers Pursuing Their Dreams of the Olympics
The top swimmers at the U.S. Olympic Trials all have talent, desire, determination, and years of hard work behind them. Only two in each event make the Olympic swim team. What makes the difference when the top eight finalists leave the blocks to go for those top two spots?
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