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Bao was given an extraordinary opportunity to learn from an Olympian.

A local resident since he was a boy, he coincidentally attended Bao's elementary school and learned how to swim from the same swim school that Bao and DD go to.

For an hour, he paced up and down the lane as Bao swam lap after lap. He was encouraging and patient as he tweaked and corrected the most finite of details.

After the lesson, he encouraged Bao to take notes of all the pointers he had given.

And afterward, answered all the questions Bao had prepared.

My favorite one:  "Have you ever complained about swimming?"

He surprised us by taking out his Olympic medals:  the gold from Beijing and the silver from London.

The gold medal was embedded in the back with white jade!

Best of all, he allowed Bao to wear both medals! Wow!

This humble and amazingly down-to-earth Olympian not only gave Bao valuable swim tips, he told him to always set goals in life and never give up on his dreams, be it swimming or not. 

It was a once-in-a-lifetime hour, one that I hope Bao will treasure for the rest of his life.

And thank you, Coach Ray.



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Reader Comments (2)

such an incredible opportunity - just to meet him, let alone see his medals, let alone interview him, let alone get swimming pointers from him - AMAZING upon AMAZING!!! :)
And *totally* noticed and appreciate the Terrible Towel - I may need to order a couple of those for next summer ;)!

09.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJodie

What an incredible story! The picture of Bao wearing his medal is amazing.

12.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKath

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