Alice Franco's Odyssey In The Open Water

Alice Franco’s Odyssey In The Open Water

24-year-old Alice Franco knows she has a long road ahead of her. Her goal? To compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

She has been training for years, long hard sessions in the pool along with dryland training. “I used to swim the 200 butterfly, 400 medley, 800 freestyle…all the long events. Then I did a 3 km time trial in the pool and some open water events. I liked it so much, I continued in the sport.”

And she has been climbing up the global ranks of elite open water swimmers even since. She earned a bronze medal at the 2011 FINA World Championships and a fourth at the 2013 FINA World Championships. But she would badly like to represent her native Italy in 2016 in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.

She knows the next few years will be a struggle to get faster and stronger. She knows nothing will come easy and the ultimate of commitment and courage will be necessary. So she has a tattoo on her forearm reminding her of the classic Greek poem The Odyssey.

Like the Greek Odysseus long 10-year road home, she will have to endure battles and surprises in the open water, be strong and clever and even a bit lucky, to ultimately reach her goal.

But she has a gleam in her eye and fire in her belly with all the intention to realize her dreams.

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