A 16-year-old Olympian is no average 16-year-old. At 16-years-old I was playing Varsity high school basketball, but even then…I was by no means “Olympic bound.”

But you know who is Olympic bound? Claire Curzan! The 16-year-old from Cary, North Carolina competed in the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials ahead of the Tokyo Olympics next month. She finished second in the 100-meter butterfly which secured her spot on Team USA. This makes her one of the youngest competitors in the 2021 Olympics!

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