BEAVERTON, Ore., December 14. THREE-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Aaron Peirsol will support competitive swimming in China. Peirsol, on a Nike-sponsored trip from December 16 through December 21 in Beijing, will provide motivational speaking opportunities, autograph sessions, a press conference and a youth clinic for 7-9 year olds. Swimming World Magazine will be covering the event daily via its website at www.swimmingworldmagazine.com. Sign on to get updated diary entries from Aaron, articles, audio podcast, photos, and video of the events.
The educational tour presented in conjunction with Premier Management Group will feature in water-stroke and technique drills, motivational talks, plus Aaron’s Olympic stories for the swimmers. Aaron feels that, “this is an opportunity of a lifetime. I have always wanted swimming to have an ambassador to travel throughout the world and excite swimmers, parents, and the community in general about the great sport that I have dedicated my life to promoting and I now have that opportunity. I am looking forward to the games in Beijing in 2008 and I hope this tour will create an ongoing relationship of respect and open communication between the USA and Chinese Swimming communities.”
A 22-year-old Irvine, California native, Peirsol is an Olympic gold medalist in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events and the 4×100-meter medley relay. He has five individual world championship gold medals, has been a world record holder since he was seventeen years of age, and was named the 2005 USA Swimming Athlete of the Year and Swimming World Magazine’s American Swimmer of the Year.
The charismatic backstroker joins Nike in an effort to assist Chinese athletes and coaches in improving performances in international competition by interacting with the children of Beijing. Peirsol hopes to pique their interest in swimming and inspire them to set and reach their goals in and out of the water.
The trip also provides Peirsol with a unique opportunity to visit Beijing and begin to experience the Chinese culture in advance of the 2008 Olympic Games.