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Laura Laderoute Returns from Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center

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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.

 

 

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Going from a guitar playing, Taylor Swift loving girl, to one day representing and fighting for America’s freedom, Sarah Oliveras, freshman, loves new adventures and giving back. She is inspired by those around her and one day hopes to inspire others as well.

“I think when people are inspired by another, they feel better about themselves and what they do,”Oliveras said. “All I really want to do is help people.”

Oliveras has moved all over the country and even lived in Puerto Rico for two years. From Seattle to Virginia, then to Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and finally Oregon, Oliveras has experienced many different cultures and different ways of life.

“You can walk down the streets of Puerto Rico and hold baby animals,”  Oliveras said.  “I even learned how to climb bamboo before learning to climb a tree.”

Even though she has traveled all around the world with her family — Heather, her mother, an emergency room nurse, her 12-year old younger brother, Jon, and Robert, her father, who is in the Army as a colonel — Oliveras has always wanted to travel to Japan.

“I want to travel to Japan because I have never been exposed to Asian culture,” Oliveras said. In 20 years Oliveras sees herself in, “some foreign country.” “ I want to travel the world,” she said.

Along with new adventures, Oliveras also likes to try new things. In her free time, she likes to swim and go running. When she hurt her knee three years ago, inspired by her love for Taylor Swift, she decided to pick up her guitar to pass the time. Since then she has enjoyed playing cords and creating her own music. Her favorite thing about playing the guitar is the creativity it brings when writing original songs and music.

One of her favorite quotes is from Picasso, “Everything you imagine is real.” It inspires her to show her creativity, and “think outside the box.”

Oliveras‘s true role model in her life is her father, with whom she is very close. With his work in the army, and his various missions to Iraq helping people all around the world, he inspires Oliveras to give back and appreciate what is given to her.  With her dad as her primary inspiration, Oliveras enjoys helping people and various charities. She hopes to inform and inspire people about the dangers of teen suicide and inspire them toward a positive body image. She hopes to do this by letting people know that they are not alone and there are always people to help. Also inspired by her dad, she wishes to attend an Air Force college  after high school, and later enter active service.

“I want to join the Air Force because I want to be able to have a say about what goes on in the world,” Oliveras said.

Not only does she look up to her parents but also famous figures such as Helen Keller and Swift.

“I look up to them because they do not complain about the tough situations that they face, they just get through it, ” Oliveras said.

From the diversity of the places she has lived,  people she has met along the way, and most importantly with her dad’s influence,  these past experiences have shaped Oliveras into the adventure-seeking, caring person, who is always trying to lend a helping hand.

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