13-Year-Old Blazes a Lane in Swimming’s Olympic Pool

In “13-Year-Old Blazes a Lane in Swimming’s Olympic Pool,” Lia Neal is profiled as is quite possibly on her way to the Olympics in August. In January, in her last competition in a 50-meter pool before turning 13 on Feb. 13, Neal swam the 100-meter freestyle in 56.87 seconds – which was 0.32 seconds better than the cutoff to compete in the United States Olympic trials from June 29 to July 6 in Omaha”:


Lia Neal“… Neal stands out, anyway, because of her deft strokes and her dark skin. The youngest child of an African-American father and an Asian mother, she has been compared to another biracial prodigy who blossomed in a mostly white sport. The connection to Tiger Woods is perhaps inevitable, but Neal prefers being mentioned in the same breath as Cynthia Woodhead, a swimmer in the 1970s who, like Neal, qualified for the Olympic trials in the freestyle as a 12-year-old.”

Damn, 13 years old, and Neal is possibly going to be an Olympian? I think when I was 13 years old, I was barely able to do a couple of lapse in the pool without getting out of breath!

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I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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