Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center hosted a training clinic for young swimmers towards the end of April. Laura Laderoute, freshman swimmer, was selected to attend the clinic alongside of many other aspiring Olympians. During her stay from April 26-29, she attended motivational speeches given by veteran Olympians, technique clinics, and swim practices.
There were a total of 24 swimmers selected to visit the center, 12 boys, 12 girls and three coaches. Laderoute was chosen out of hundreds of applicants to train at the facility.
“We had to fill out tons of forms, meet certain time standards and write an essay,” Laderoute said.
“It was an amazing experience, but I must admit, I was scared to death! There were so many former Olympians there and I was overwhelmed. Everyone at the facility was so sweet,” Laderoute said. “Oh yeah, did I mention how hard the practices were?”
Normal swim practices run for about two hours and total a distance of about 3,000 to 4,000 meters. At the training center, Laderoute practiced for about 90 minutes of very intense aerobic freestyle.
Laderoute hopes to earn a spot on the Junior National team this summer in the 100 Backstroke and 200 Individual Medley.
“My biggest goal is to make the Olympic trial cuts in 2016. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and extra practices, but I’m determined to make it,” she said.
Laderoute plans to work her dives, keeping her finishes strong, and her overall technique in order to drop time.