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Posted on May 27th, 2010 at 8:25 am

Growing Bolder CEO Marc Middleton took his suit and his video camera to the U.S. Masters National Swimming Championships in Atlanta. He returned with dozens of new friends, four medals and one story about an amazing competition and a great organization helping men and women from 18 to 100 prove it's not about age, it's about attitude.

The event attracted everyone from nearly two dozen former Olympians to people who've just returned to the pool after decades away. One of the competitors was 2008 U.S. Olympic team member Cullen Jones, who became just the second African-American swimmer in history to win an Olympic gold medal during the Beijing Games. In Atlanta, he smashed a masters swimming record.

As you'll hear in the story, Marc and his Blu Frog teammates also took home a national championship! Marc, Rowdy Gaines, Keith Switzer and Scot Weis picked up the gold medal in the 45+ 200m Freestyle Relay. Way to go, guys!

Click on the Related Media tab above to see more stories about masters swimming, and find out what Marc's teammate Scot Weis is doing to reinvent his professional life.

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  • Posted 3:43pm May 27th, 2010

    As a former high school free styler and diver (let's see...can it possibly be 50 years ago?!), I loved Marc's fabulous video log of the Masters Swimming event!  These kinds of stories are going to make the new GB PBS show a total ratings star!  Loved it, loved it, LOVED it!


    Ciji Ware

  • Posted 1:31pm May 27th, 2010

    Great report!  I eagerly followed Marc the weekend of the Natz through the great Masters Swimming website which was constantly updated with results and interesting video reports throughout the meet.  Three things apart from the obvious stand out from this report:

    1)  Cullen Jone's 19:14 is totally sick!!
    2)  I want one of those "I'm here to kick some wrinkly butt" T-shirts!!
    3)  I'm going to start putting my feet up on a wall for 5 minutes after my first event! 

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