Meet Regan Smith, the 19-Year-Old Swimmer Who Could Win Gold in Tokyo
If you've been watching swimming at all during the Tokyo Olympics, you've probably heard the name Regan Smith. After qualifying for multiple Olympic events, Smith came into the Games as one of the favorites for USA Swimming — and she has quickly lived up to expectations, securing the top seed in the 100m backstroke finals.
The 19-year-old from Minnesota first made headlines in 2019, when she broke swim legend Missy Franklin's world record in the 200m backstroke, but her rapid rise was put on pause by the COVID-19 pandemic, which pushed back the Olympics by a full year. "I think putting things on hold and putting things at a stop was very strange, and I think I kind of lost my mojo, just because the hype was really building for me but I wasn't doing anything performance-wise to back it up," Smith told Swimming World in May 2021.
Still, she's back in the pool and blazing forward with her Olympic dreams! Here's what else you should know about one of Team USA's brightest rising stars.