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Watch this man’s journey to the 2016 Olympics!

Tyler Spraul is the director of UX and the head trainer for He has his Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medicine and is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is a former All-American soccer player and still coaches soccer today. In his free time, he enjoys reading, learning, and living the dad life. He has been featured in Shape, Healthline, HuffPost, Women's...

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UPDATED: Aug 25, 2020

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Since his days of competing on the University of Minnesota’s (UM) swim team, David Plummer dreamt of competing in the Olympics. In 2012, his dream seemed to be coming true until he failed the Olympic trials by a fraction of a second (0.12 seconds to be exact).

But now, his dream has finally become a reality. At the age of 30, David Plummer qualified to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 100-meter backstroke category!

Watch David’s story in the video below:

Like all athletes who compete at the Olympics, David knows that achieving his dream comes with a cost: hard work and pain.

The Payoff

David has devoted endless hours to making his dream a reality, and his persistent efforts paid off. At the Rio games, David won a gold medal in the men’s 4×100 medley relay and a bronze medal in the men’s 100m backstroke!

With his medals, he became the oldest U.S. rookie swimmer (meaning it was his first time at the Olympics) to bring home a medal since 1904!

What Do Your Dreams Look Like?

Everyone’s athletic goals vary, but some of you may share a vision similar to David’s. Whether it be training to set a personal best, placing first at your team’s swim meet, or competing in the Olympics, trainers like Calvin Dietz are here to help you succeed!

Dietz is the head Strength and Conditioning Coach at UM and has developed numerous training techniques and programs to help his athletes perform at their top level.

If you’re interested in learning from Dietz, check out his Swimming 3-Day In-Season Training program!

When you purchase this program for $10, you will receive workouts designed to help you gain strength specifically for swimming. You will also receive unlimited access to the plan, detailed exercise demonstrations, and workout reminders.

Sign up to join Calvin Dietz’s Swimming 3-Day In-Season Training program!

Video credit: Minnesota Gophers

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