Hometown Hero: Elizabeth Beisel
Elizabeth Beisel was just 15-years-old when she had her first Olympic experience.
Now the 19-year-old college student and Rhode Island native is all grown up!
Elizabeth Beisel is a true water baby.
“I lived 2 minutes down the road from one of the best beaches in Rhode Island. I just remember always being there in summer, having so many friends. I learned how to surf there, so it’s definitely something I miss,” said Beisel.
But Elizabeth Beisel traded the beach for the pool - and she is unstoppable!
The 19-year old earned her second trip to the Olympics, qualifying in the women's 400 meter individual medley and the 200 meter backstroke.
Elizabeth grew up in the small town of Saunderson, and went to North Kingston high school.
“Growing up in Rhode Island was amazing just because it’s such a small state and everybody really knows everybody. It was such a big support system, especially for me with my swimming, everyone got behind me. I loved growing up on the coast, and I love the water, so I miss it a lot,” said Beisel.
At the age of 15, she was on her way to her first Olympics--the youngest member of the U.S.A. swim team!
Unfortunately, she just missed a medal in Beijing, coming in fourth.
But this time, the University of Florida student said, she is bigger, stronger and ready to win!
While Beisel is all business when it comes to the competition, she does know how to have fun!
“Right up before my race, I guess I get into race mode and don’t talk. Even in the ready room I try and talk and keep the mood light. I don’t know. I’m not too serious!” said Beisel.
And she doesn't deny some of her fellow swimmers are easy on the eyes!
“In the sport of swimming, there’s a lot of really good looking guys.
I think I’ll probably end up with a swimmer.”
Elizabeth is looking forward to getting in the pool in London, but is also looking forward to the bigger experience.
In Beijing, once swimming was done they sent all of us home immediately, for security reasons. For London, they let us do our own thing, so hopefully I’m going to be able to stay in London and maybe tour Europe for a week or two. Enjoy something without swimming for once which will be nice,” said Beisel.
Hopefully she will be enjoying that with a medal around her neck!
Elizabeth will also be competing August 3rd, in the 200 meter backstroke.
After that she's free to have some fun in and around London.