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by Rachel McCarthy, January 5, 2010
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 the United States would boycott the 1980 games to protest Soviet military actions in Afghanistan.
She missed qualifying for the next summer games, 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.
Related: See this AARP Bulletin Today Special Report - Champions at Any Age - to learn about older athletes who competed in the Beijing Olympics. Meet Dara Torres, the swimmer who achieved miracles at age 41 and find out more about the Senior Olympics.
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