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Next stop: Tokyo!
In just a few weeks, the 2020 Olympics will introduce the next generation of great American swimmers. While the 53 athletes selected to compete on Team USA is comprised of a hefty handful of Olympic vets, the majority are newcomers—and 11 are still only teenagers!
Following Michael Phelps' retirement, all eyes were on Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian to continue the United States' Rio 2016 winning streak. But when they failed to make the cut at last month's Olympic trials, swimmers like Caeleb Dressel, Simone Manuel, Ryan Murphy, Allison Schmitt and Katie Ledecky emerged to carry the torch.
And speaking of five-time gold medalist Ledecky, she's found herself a protégé of sorts in Katie Grimes. At only 15 years old, Grimes is the youngest member of the 2020 U.S. Olympic swim team, the same age Ledecky was when she won her first medal at the London 2012 Games.
Get to know every single swimmer with their sights set on the medal podium in our jam-packed gallery below!
Al Bello/Getty ImagesCaeleb Dressel
Hometown: Green Cove Springs, Florida
Events: 50 meter freestyle; 100 meter freestyle; 100 meter butterfly
Prior Olympic Victories: Rio 2016; two gold medals
Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesSimone Manuel
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Events: 50 meter freestyle
Prior Olympic Victories: Rio 2016; two gold, two silver medals
Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesTom Shields
Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
Events: 100 meter butterfly
Prior Olympic Victories: Rio 2016; one gold medal