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Jake Ball takes a different path to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 6:37 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - There’s more than one way to Omaha for the trials. Jake Ball knows that more than most. In fact, good luck finding anybody out of the 700 swimmers with a story like his.

Jake decided to stop swimming, and it wasn’t a brief break. We’re talking 420 days, more than a year out of the pool. Plus, it wasn’t his idea to give it another go. After swimming in college at Denison University he decided it wasn’t a priority. That’s when he stopped, Jake then enrolled at George Mason University and an assistant coach gave him a call. Asking if he’d like to join the team. Jake gave it a shot and then started swimming faster than ever.

It has led him to this, his first crack at the Olympics, he is going to give it up everything he has Saturday in the 100m breast stroke and be happy with the result savoring this special experience.

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