In 1980, swimmer Sue Walsh qualified for the U.S. Olympic team, and thought she had fulfilled one of her dreams. But the pride and sense of accomplishment were short-lived, since President Jimmy Carter decided that the United States would boycott the 1980 games to protest Soviet military actions in Afghanistan. She missed qualifying in 1984 by .01 of a second.
Today, Walsh is back in the water and is reclaiming some of her glory at the U.S. Masters Swimming Championships. Independent producer Rachel McCarthy has the story.
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