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FROM: Ileana RodriguezSwimming

Swimming has consumed most of my time for the past four years.

Every decision for the past six months -- from the biggest one (leaving my home in Miami) to least significant (not eating Tootsie Rolls) -- has been driven by my determination to get better - or ″get gooder,″ as my coach Dave Denniston would say.

I never knew if I was going to make the U.S. team, but I certainly knew I was going to try my hardest. Last June I received the great news that I had made the United States Paralympic Team that will compete in London this summer. I am honored to be a part of this team and represent such a great country, U.S.A. 

          

After making the team, great things have happened, and one of them is the training camp organized as a tune-up for the Games, taking place this week in Canada. It consists of a series of meetings and activities organized for the entire 2012 US Paralympic Swim team. The camp ends with the Summer Can-Am games, a competition that will allow us to practice and come together as a team to perform at our best level in London. 

Training here has been one of the best experiences for me. I met and interacted with my teammates. I’ve been doing their workouts and we’ve been challenging each other. The U.S. Resident Team has been more united than ever during this very hard practice, trying to help and support each other.

I look forward to seeing my teammates in a few weeks when we travel together to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, which run from August 29 to September 9. 

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