OLYMPIC DREAM: Iowan Learning Lessons

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An Iowa athlete is tuned in to the Olympics after missing her chance to compete there this year.

Seventeen-year-old Katharine Ross competed for a spot on the u-s swim team at the Olympic trials in Omaha earlier this summer.

Ross finished dozens of places higher than her seeding in the 100 meter breast stroke, but fell short of making the team.

Ross says the experience taught her a lot and she’s reliving it each night of Olympic competition.  

“It gives you an incredible perspective. I’ve seen these people, I’ve warmed up with them, I’ve raced against them. It’s like they’re athletes, you know? They go behind the pool, talk to their coach, and are congratulated by teammates. They get back in it and swim easy like any athlete,” says Ross.