When virus put premium on pools, Olympic swimmer went to sea

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TOKYO (AP) — The thing about being a swimmer is you need a pool to practice in.

Olympic swimmers need Olympic-size pools.

The pandemic put a real premium on them.

One side effect of the virus and resultant lockdowns across the globe has been the shutting down of big public pools, robbing lots of lanky swimmers of their space.

The default response seems to have been to find another pool, any pool, that you can get into. Calls went out to friends, relatives, neighbors or anyone with options.

“A year ago, a summer ago, we were trying to find backyard pools and friends of mine’s pools, and four-lane pools,” said U.S. swim team assistant coach Jack Bauerle. “I don’t like the word adversity because everyone has it but it was not easy for a lot of people.”

The U.S. team seems to have come through its brief water shortage last year pretty well judging by Sunday’s medal haul in…

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