Swimmer Jessica Hardy Brings Long Beach Another Gold

jessicahardyJessica Hardy, not far off from her Olympic gold medals this past summer, has scored yet another gold for Long Beach’s aquatics cred with the U.S. women team’s 400 meter freestyle at the 2012 FINA Swimming World Championships, held in Instanbul this past weekend.

Coming in on her second leg of the relay at 53.32 seconds, her teammate Allison Schmitt of Michigan swam the final leg at 52.39 to bring home the gold. The team’s overall time was 3:31.01, about 1.89 seconds ahead of second place Australia.

Hailing from Wilson High, the 25-year-old athlete has been swimming since she was three years-old and joined her first team at age seven. Her success, she notes, did not come at a small price.

“Strong women who love to play sports have only recently become ‘cool,'” she told the Post. “My mom wasn’t blessed with the same opportunities that I am today, and I am grateful for that. I think a woman with muscles, who is confident and competitive, is admirable beyond belief!”

Hoping to give herself the opportunity to score yet another medal at Rio in 2016, Hardy is preparing herself for a future that isn’t removed from the sport on any level.

“I hope to continue loving the sport of swimming for a long time,” she said. “I would love to participate in breaststroke events in 2016, and I am also training to target the 50m breaststroke world record in Barcelona World Champs next summer.”

Look for more incredible swimming wins from Hardy in the future.


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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.