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CONTENTS JAMIE SQUIRE / GETTY IMAGES NATALIE COUGHLIN IS INTERVIEWED AFTER THE AWARDS CEREMONY FOR THE 200-METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY DURING THE U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS IN 2008. 32 36 6 Top 5 Storylines for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials If you're one of the favorites at Olympic Trials, you have everything to lose. If you're the unknown or underdog, you have lots and lots to gain. The bottom line is success or failure can make or break your year-and in some cases, your career. So what makes it such a heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat, winner-take-all meet? Here are five storylines to watch this summer at Trials. SPLASH * MAY/JUNE 2016 Columns 8 EDITOR'S LETTER 10 MIKE GUSTAFSON 12 ATHLETIC FOODIE Starting Blocks FEATURES By the Numbers: The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Swimming Once every four years, the best of the best swimmers in the United States come together for arguably the most intense, pressure-packed meet on the planet: the U.S. Olympic Trials. With swimmers ranging in age from 13 to 35 and representing nearly every state and hundreds of swim clubs across the country, it is also one of USA Swimming's most diverse meets. Here are a few interesting facts about Olympic Trials and the swimmers who will be competing this summer in Omaha. DEPARTMENTS 62 66 By the Numbers: The 2016 Olympic Games Every four years, athletes across the globe compete for the chance to represent their country on the world's biggest stage. This summer, the United States will send another strong contingent of athletes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the first Olympic Games to be held in South America. Here are a few fun facts about the Americans' success in and out of the pool at the Olympic Games. Top 5 Storylines for the 2016 Olympic Games Choosing the top five storylines for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro before the selection of the U.S. Team at Olympic Trials is difficult. After all, how can you accurately say this is going to be something to watch when you don't even know who's made the team? Nonetheless, I'm taking out my crystal ball, and based on past results and expected outcomes, making a few predictions about this year's Olympics, the first ever in South America. 16 SWIM BRIEFS/JUSTIN CASE 17 POINT-COUNTERPOINT/ TOP TWEETS 14 SOME SWIM STUFF 15 LETTERS 28 YOUR PHOTOS 22 TOP TEN SONGS 24 KEYS TO SUCCESS 30 MOTIVATIONAL MOMENT More Features 40 A MEET LIKE NO OTHER 44 WHAT'S IT LIKE? 48 WELCOME TO POOL SCHOOL 52 BACKSTAGE AT THE TRIALS 56 HOW DO THEY DO IT? 60 REINVENTING THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY 70 IN RIO 74 THE MOMENT 78 NO EASY WAY 82 THE LAST GOLD 86 OLYMPICS FIRST, OLYMPICS ALWAYS Elements Of Speed 90 STRENGTH & CONDITIONING 92 NUTRITION 94 TECHNIQUE 95 MENTAL TIPS The Touch Pad 98 SWIM NUT ZEKE 100 AMERICA'S SWIM TEAM ATHLETES

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