-She qualified for the US Olympic team in 400m and 800 meter freestyle, the two longest events for females.
-Ziegler broke the world record by ten seconds in the 1500 freestyle in 2007 which was one of the greatest and oldest records in the books set by Janet Evans in 1988. Evans was a dominating swimmer in the 80s, her record (from 1988) still holds in the 800 freestyle which is the longest event at the Olympics for females.
-Ziegler is ranked in the top 8 leading into the Olympics. She is considered one of the favorites in this event including the other great distance swimmer from the US Katie Hoff
-Ziegler is one of those rare swimmers who chose professional swimming over college swimming right out of high school.
-This is Ziegler’s first Olympics yet she holds one of the greatest World Record set by female swimmers. It is going to be interesting watching her also challenge the Americans next female hope Katie Hoff who is going to be in 5 individual events.
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Guest Blogger - Micah Belew