The London Olympics have brought some of the youngest talent the world has seen. Some of the youngest talent coming straight from the pool. Missy Franklin, making a huge impression on the world, isn’t the only 17-year-old making a splash. Lia Neal, also 17-years-old and native New Yorker (Brooklyn), has qualified in her very first Olympics. Having swam in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay Saturday night, she has earned herself her first Olympic – medal bronze, as Team USA locked in 3rd in the event with a time of 3:34.24, behind The Netherlands and Australia.
Minus the intense practices, both in and out of the pool, both Missy Franklin and Lia Neal are just normal teenagers entering their senior year come this fall. A typical 17-year-old would usually be entering senior year anxious about which colleges to apply to, but both Olympians will basically have their pick at which University they will want to continue their Olympic career at come the next couple of months.
Lia Neal has made history by becoming the second African American female swimmer to earn a medal in the Olympics! Even though she had only competed in the 4×100 freestyle relay in London, remember the name, Lia Neal. She will definitely be back to wow us in the Olympics to come!
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