Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

It is nearly impossible to accurately predict the medalists in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games…but some athletes are ideally prepared to swim the race of their lives and capture gold.

One of those athletes is a two-time Olympic veteran who came within 0.4 seconds of winning an Olympic gold medal in London, American Haley Anderson.

There are a number of reasons why Anderson will stand on top of the Olympic podium on Copacabana Beach at the end of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim:

1. Her track record of success on the international stage. Not only has she won two 5 km world championships, but she has long been a contender in every international competition she has ever participated in.

2. Her Olympic experience. Anderson is hungry for a gold medal. She knows the pressure of the Games, she has experience with the logistics and expectations of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.

3. She can adapt to all racing situations. Anderson has won races from the front, from the middle of the lead pack, and in an all-out drop-dead sprint against all her top competitors at least once.

4. She has succeeded in medaling in lakes and seas, manmade and natural, and in rough and calm conditions.

5. The water temperature, either cold or warm, will not bother her. She is comfortable in all weather, wind and water conditions.

6. She can sprint with the best in the world. She found her initial domestic success in the 500-yard freestyle, but her quickness from any distance from the finish (5 meters, 50 meters, 500 meters) is world-class.

7. The 24-year-old believes she can medal and win.

8. The power, resources and logistical operations of USA Swimming is behind her with many of her daily cares are taken care of by staff members.

9. Her coach, Catherine Vogt, helps keep her cool, calm, and composed throughout the Olympic Games, leading up to her signature event.



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