PHOENIX, Arizona, June 12. THIS week’s Throwback Thursday video wasn’t an easy pick, considering each of Amy Van Dyken’s four gold medal races in the 1996 Olympics were exciting to experience.
But we’ll pick the 100 butterfly for Throwback Thursday, as it was the gold medal she was least likely to win in Atlanta. Van Dyken, swimming in the fifth lane from the top of the screen, was one of the few to take advantage of the unlimited length a swimmer could go underwater at the start and turn. Perhaps her asthma limited her ability to stay underwater for lengthy periods of time, or she knew that she would go into oxygen debt as fast as the other competitors. Her strategy paid off in gold.