INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 26. TODAY, two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton picked up her first major brand sponsorship deal when she signed with TYR. It's been a long time in the making, considering she went pro several years ago and has been hitting the camps and clinics circuit hard to support her swimming career. Sutton writes about her professional experience in the June issue of Swimming World Magazine.
While Sutton has tested out a few other brands recently, the long-term marriage with TYR really made sense in the end as she's already been sporting TYR suits for the bulk of her swimming career since transitioning to the Mission Viejo Nadadores as a teenager. TYR is a huge supporter of her club, as evidenced by its long-standing title sponsorship of the TYR Swim Meet of Champions, which has since evolved into the TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions.
“Throughout the years of being on the Mission Viejo Nadadores, I have developed a great relationship with TYR,” Sutton told Swimming World. “I have always loved their products, and I am so excited to be able to be a part of such an amazing company!”
Sutton first made major noise in the sport as an open water star, winning the gold medal in the 10K at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships. She later made the 2008 Olympic squad in the open water 10K, the first time the sport had been included in the Olympic Games.
Shortly after 2008, Sutton left open water to focus solely on distance freestyle in the pool, and qualified for the World Championship team in 2009 in the 400 and 800-meter freestyles. Then, in what has been her breakout year thus far in the pool, she won the 400 free at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships as well as a silver in the 800 free.
Then, in 2012, Sutton became the first American to make the Olympics in both open water and pool events as she earned a spot in the 400-meter freestyle with a second-place finish behind Allison Schmitt at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Sutton finished 10th overall in the 400 free in London.
Last night, Sutton made another international squad by qualifying in the women's 800-meter freestyle to head to Barcelona.
Kudos need to be sent out to Sutton's parents, Wendy and David. The two successfully guided two world-class athletes into adulthood, as Chloe's younger brother Colin just left the nest to begin his football career at the University of Colorado this weekend.
In case you missed a bit of the backstory, David was a U.S. Air Force officer who was in the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks in 2001. He later retired as his family put down roots in Mission Viejo in support of Chloe's growing swimming career as an open water prodigy.