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Chloe Sutton is a swimmer competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Chloe Sutton qualified for her second Olympics — but the first in pool swimming — by finishing second in the 400m freestyle at Olympic Trials. She made her first Olympic team in 2008 by swimming in the open-water 10k race, the first time the event was part of the Olympic program.

Now a pool swimmer, Chloe Sutton got her start in the open-water discipline. She is a four-time national champion in those events, which includes two victories in the 5k race and two in the 10k. At the 2006 Pan-Pacific Championships Sutton won the 10k event and at the 2008 Worlds Sutton placed third in the 5k. She had less success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she finished 22nd in the 10k.

Sutton's open-water career started in 2006 when she was invited to a camp. She finished second in the 5k race and agreed to stick around for the 10k after several coaches asked her. She won that race, and though she had always been a distance swimmer, she realized that the longer she swam, the faster she got.

Sutton decided to focus on pool swimming starting in 2010, although she did compete in the 10k race at the 2010 Pan-Pacs (she was disqualified for making contact with another swimmer). But the meet wasn't a total downer, as she won the 400m freestyle and took second in the 800m freestyle. These performances occurred a few months after Sutton won the 2009-10 USA Swimming Grand Prix series overall title — which came with a $20,000 payday. She didn't go on a spending spree, however. "It went into my college fund so I can go to college after the 2012 Olympics. I'm not sure what my life is gonna be after 2012, but I love journalism and writing." Sutton fell short of winning a medal at the 2011 Worlds but she finished second in the 400m freestyle at the U.S. Championships.

Sutton's former open-water teammate Fran Crippen died during a World Cup 10k race in Dubai in October 2010. Water temperatures were warm and questions were raised about the small amount of safety boats and personnel at the race. Sutton said she found out through a text message that Crippen had died. "I cried the whole day," she said.

Sutton's journey to the Beijing Games took a detour when she finished third in the 10k at the U.S. World Championship Trials in October 2007, making her ineligible to swim at the first Olympic qualifier in early May 2008. According to the complex qualification process, only the top two finishers in the race would swim at Open Water World Championships, where the top 10 finishers would then earn Olympic berths. But when neither American woman qualified there, the door opened once again for Sutton, who was selected to represent the U.S. at the second qualifier in late May in Beijing. Sutton led most of the way before ultimately winning the race and ensuring her spot at the Olympics.

Sutton's father, David, is a colonel in the Air Force, and her family has moved 12 times since she was born. "It was a lot of fun, I got to see a lot of the country," Sutton said. "Our family got really close over all of the moving." She also noted that having to pick up and leave so many times may have helped her swimming career. "It could be difficult but I like to look at the positive things I took out of it," she said. "I got to know my style of coaches, I was able to take bits and pieces from here and there to see what works best for me. I was able to build up to who I am today."


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Age: 24 years old
Birthday: February 3, 1992
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 146 lbs.
Birthplace: Vandenberg, CA
Hometown: Roseville, CA
Current Residence: Mission Viejo, CA

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