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Four-time Olympian Sheila Taormina speaks to a crowd at Rosse Hall in Kenyon College on Tuesday. Taormina is the only woman in Olympic history to qualify for three distinct sports.
Four-time Olympian Sheila Taormina speaks to a crowd at Rosse Hall in Kenyon College on Tuesday. Taormina is the only woman in Olympic history to qualify for three distinct sports. (Photo by Geoff Cowles) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
April 17, 2013 10:20 am EDT

 

GAMBIER — “Almost every minute of every day, you are making a decision.”

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For former Olympic athlete Sheila Taormina, success was a series of conscious decisions that collectively led to appearances in four Olympic Games (1996-2008) and an Olympic Gold Medal as part of the USA 4x200 meter freestyle team in 1996 in Atlanta. Her participation in swimming, triathlon and modern pentathlon makes her the only female to qualify in three different sports.

The Detroit native, now 44, spoke to athletes of all ages at Kenyon College’s Rosse Hall on Tuesday. Taormina, who has written a pair of technical books about swimming, spells out exactly how all of an athlete’s choices can become the building blocks of their motivation and confidence.

 

 

 

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