Kara Lynn Joyce who has qualified for three Olympic Games and won four silver medals in the 4 × 100-meter freestyle and medley relay, spoke to about 100 members of the Swim Torrance Club of her experiences at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games.
It was a day of work for Joyce, who has continued to contribute to her sport since retiring from competitive swimming after the London Olympics. Active in several philanthropic endeavors, including play like a girl, a non-profit organization that encourages girls to reach their full potential through physical activity. Sports fanatics from all over the world can buy Olympic Swimming Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
Joyce was featured in the 2016 documentary ‘Touch the Wall’, on the trip she led with Missy Franklin took to qualify for London. She is also the founder of the Lead Sports Summit, which provides teens who swim the necessary tools to improve their skills as athletes. LEAD abbreviation of Leadership, Empowerment & Athletic Development explains to these young women how they can meet as a team build on each other and lead together.
After signing many autographs and placing a few silver medals, Joyce spoke with Swimming World about her success. Her efforts to inspire young athletes, and the importance of LEAD in helping teens as they develop as athletes and people.
I feel very lucky to have the career I did, I started playing my first games at 18 and my last game when I was 26. Now I’m seven years removed from 2012, this is one of those things that you enjoy more and more over time.
When you are there and you are always working to achieve your goals, you will not be impressed by your accomplishments. I feel very lucky to be gone once and then to finish my career as it has been really special. It’s only because so many great people came into my life and supported me.
LEAD does not aim to make 150 girls 150 Olympic athletes but to help these girls become the best athletes possible. But also, discover the tools you need as an athlete to be a great young woman and part of your community and your group of friends.
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