CORAL SPRINGS, Florida, June 2. THE biggest breakout star from the United States' stable of swimmers at the FINA World Championships, Leila Vaziri, has signed a professional contract with TYR.
After a disappointing 10th-place finish in her pet event the 100-meter back at Worlds, Vaziri stormed the globe with an astonishing run in her initial competition in the 50 back. A complete rookie in the event, Vaziri ripped an American record 28.25 during prelims before posting matching world-record times of 28.16 in semis and finals en route to her first world title.
"I have been using TYR for a couple of years now through my collegiate career at Indiana," Vaziri said of her signing. "I really feel comfortable with them, and am excited to be continuing my swimming career with TYR because I have done so well with them."
The contract will allow Vaziri to focus on her ultimate goal of an Olympic gold medal.
"I'm so glad that I have a rare and special opportunity that not many swimmers get after their college career," Vaziri said. "I don't have to worry about the financial side of my life for now. The contract helps me on my way to my Olympic dreams of a gold medal."