In a year that saw her just barely miss out on an Olympic gold medal in the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim, Haley Anderson finished behind Olympic 800m gold medalist Katie Ledecky last night in USA Swimming’s annual Golden Goggles Awards.
Both of the young personable stars were nominees for the Breakout Performance of the Year, but the 15-year-old Ledecky’s unexpected dominance in the 800m freestyle in London was not only the Breakout Performance of the Year, but arguably of this century.
The Golden Goggles were held last night in New York City with all kinds of politicians, celebrities and superstars of the American swimming world in attendance. But both Anderson and Ledecky are back training hard for there will be no more breakout performances for either of them. Rather, they will have targets on their backs over the next Olympic quadrennial…or two or three or four.
“Haley Anderson’s road from swimming in lakes for fun in northern California to just missing out on a gold medal by 4 tenths of a second at the 2012 London Olympics was filled years of hard work punctuated with infectious joy and humble appreciation for all her opportunities. With a permanent smile on her expressive face, Anderson stood on the starting pontoon at the Olympics with confidence and boundless joy. Nerves and pressure were not part of the package. She embodies the purity of sport: she prepared well, believed in herself, raced fairly, and enjoyed the competition. With a fundamental sweetness and DNA shaped by a well-grounded swimming family, the Olympic medalist is a role model and the ideal teammate whose escalation to the highest echelon in elite open water swimming was rocket-like. For her silver medal performance on the sport’s most pressure-packed stage, for her sense of sportsmanship, for her tremendous growth and improvement throughout this Olympic year, Haley Anderson’s Olympic swim is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.”
The nominations are meant to recognize and honor some of the best swims that the global open water swimming world offers. Reducing the number of nominees to 15 was extraordinarily difficult due to the incredible efforts and exploits of thousands of women in the sport. Extreme swimmers, disabled swimmers, ice swimmers, marathon swimmers, professional swimmers, coaches, administrators, pilots, and swimmers from all walks of life thoroughly impressed their peers, the public and the media with their open water swimming exploits throughout 2012.
Online voting will take place here at WOWSA until December 31st.
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