Recreational swimming is a good way to relax and at the same time exercise for the whole body. Many swimming styles are suitable for entertainment. Most recreational swimmers prefer a style of swimming that keeps their heads above the water and restores their arms in the water. Breaststroke, backstroke are the most common styles of swimming that are most commonly used in recreational swimming, but swims with foreign hand restores such as freestyle or butterfly swim allow to exploit the difference between water resistance and air. And America is the country where swimming is the most popular, almost everyone knows how to swim and loves to swim.
According to Wikipedia, Swimming in the United States began competitively in the 1880s. The first nationally recognised swimming organization was the Amateur Athletic Union in 1888.
The United States is home to the most swimmers in the world. A staggering statistic shows that the United States has won the most swimming medals in the history of the Olympics since the event was first held in 1896 in Athens, Greece – home of the Olympics.
America has always had a very strong swimming team, stable competition, the power of swimming at the Olympics, so it is obvious that they won many medals in this sport. However, this sport itself also creates many opportunities for athletes to win gold compared to other subjects; especially the excellent athletes.
Let’s take a look at America’s staggering record in Olympic swimming.
The deepest foundation of success in swimming, as in so many other American sports, is school sport. From an early age, schools in the US have attached great importance to physical education in addition to cultural learning. At the university level, gifted athletic students are given the best conditions by the school to promote their talents. To compete to find talented people to create a reputation for their schools, American universities offer great scholarships to sports talent, training with modern facilities, state-of-the-art sports curriculum and top coaches. It is estimated that about 80% of the American athletes present in Rio 2016 this time are students who have been studying at American universities.
That is why in American swimming not only Phelps but also has been producing a series of other famous athletes from school sports like Jenny Thompson (won 12 Olympic medals, including 8 gold), Ryan Lochte (12 Olympic medals with 6 gold), Dara Torres (12 Olympic medals with 4 gold), Natalie Coughlin (12 Olympic medals, 3 gold), Mark Spitz (11 World medals) Olympics), Gary Hall and more recently Katie Ledecky. Michael Phelps announced his retirement in the upcoming Olympics, but behind that many other names will emerge from the “socialized” American school sport.
With each of these reasons, we can completely understand why America has produced so many famous swimmers, right?