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Olympic Gold Medalist Klete Keller Visits the JCCNV

Renee Eder on Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Black Friday meant shopping for some, and swimming with an Olympian for others! Last Friday afternoon, three-time Olympian, Klete Keller, visited our pool. Athletes of all ages had the opportunity to learn from and swim with Klete, who is an incredibly talented swimmer (you can imagine) and a nice and humble person, as well!

Athletes who attended received personal attention as Klete worked with them in and out of the water on strokes and technique. Out of the water, the young athletes were able to ask Klete questions about his swimming career and life outside the pool. He provided valuable, personal experiences of balancing swimming with school, persevering through disappointment, maintaining perspective in sport and much more. Klete then posed for pictures, signed autographs and even brought one of his five gold medals. It was fascinating to see what an Olympic gold medal looks like in person.

According to OlympicTalk.com, 32 year old Keller was part of some of the most memorable Olympic swimming races of all time and won five medals in six career events spanning three Olympics. He retired after the 2008 Beijing Games. Read more about Klete Keller here.

Interested in learning more about swimming at the J? The JCC Junior Galim, Mini Waves, and Waves Swim Teams were founded to help swimmers achieve the highest level in their sport, while developing values and skills for success in life. Learn more here.

Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

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