Warhol was all about exhibitionism. Swimmer Kate Ziegler, who made her first Olympics Team last nite in a thrilling 400-meter duel with Katie Hoff, is the Polar Opposite.
The Pop Art Icon of the '60s did silkscreens of Marilyn Monroe, & painted soup cans on canvas. He his Trip to the Top could be characterized as meteoric. Kate is much more hard-working. And fair. And modest. And, in the circles we swim in, The Best.
Those of you who have visited This Space in the past know we're a Swimming Family. Ella Numera Una started out on Ye Olde Summer Swim Team at the end of 1st grade, even though she had a broken jaw (long story). She started swimming year-round the next year. Her sister, Ella Numera Dos, followed right on her heels, at the Tender Age of 4. Both Chicas will swim together on their college team, starting this fall. Collectively, they've been swimming almost 30 Years. That's 3 Decades. Count 'Em!
Kate joined our year-round team 8 years ago. She swam with the Scribe Girls--and about 100 others--several times a week. Coach Ray, who's known us longer than about anybody, saw potential in the 6th-grader, even if she wasn't the fastest in the pool. He came up with a training plan. She worked hard. The rest, As They Say, is History.
Kate is 20 now. Although she's registered in a local college, swimming is her life. She signed a 7-figure contract with Speedo 2 years ago. She has an agent, For Gosh Sakes. And we still see her hanging around Ye Olde Swimming Pool, several times a week. Yup, she stayed with our team. She's part of Our Swimming Family. Everyone knows Kate Ziegler. She's the kid everyone has always liked; she's So Darn Nice! And modest. And, obviously, hard-working.
Ella Numera Dos said something telling the other day, just as the Olympic Trials were about to get underway: "Kate Ziegler proves that even regular people can go to the Olympics." We agree. Kate's special because she hasn't changed; she's just gotten faster.
Kate swims two more Olympic Trials events this week--the 200 Free & the 800 Free. The 800 is her specialty, & she'll likely shatter the recordbooks in that race. We'd expect nothing less. She's just Our Kate.