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Olympians Hope To Inspire Young Swimmers In Galt

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GALT (CBS13) – With each stroke, Joseph Lopez hopes to learn.

“It’s really special because they’re going to help you,” Lopez said. “They’re the best in the world.”

Over the weekend, Olympic gold medalists Alyssa Anderson and Peter Vanderkaay gave the Galt Gators pointers.

“It’s a lot of fun for us to see the impact we can make,” Vanderakaay said. “Just being around kids for a few hours and saying something that might stick with them for a long time is really cool.”

Anderson started her swimming career in Granite Bay and wants to pay it forward to swimmers here in Northern California.

“These clinics are just a great way to give back,” Anderson said.

The Fitter and Faster Swim Clinic is meant to inspire and help with technique.

“They know what they’re doing so they can show us what we’re doing wrong,” said swimmer Christa Martinez.

“I hope there’s someone who listens to maybe some part of our story and it helps them and their swimming career,” Anderson

Some swimmers are already seeing results.

“Improving their times and they’re doing better with their skills. It’s clicking and it’s neat to see the change,” said Monica Lopez, Joseph’s mom.

Because for these kids, while it’s a dream to be in the Olympics now, it may not stay a dream for long.

“I always tell people I’m going to try to be in the Olympics,” Martinez said.

There are 70 Olympians taking part in clinics across the country.

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