If you’ve been watching swimming during the Tokyo Olympics, you’ve probably heard the name Regan Smith. After qualifying for multiple Olympic events, Smith came to the Games as a favorite for USA Swimming, and quickly lived up to expectations, securing the top seed in the 100-meter backstroke finals.
The 19-year-old from Minnesota first made headlines in 2019, when broke the world record for swimming legend Missy Franklin in the 200m backstroke, but its rapid rise was put on hiatus by the COVID-19 pandemic, which delayed the Olympics by a full year. “I think putting things on hold and stopping them was very strange, and I think I lost my mojo, just because the excitement was really building for me, but I wasn’t doing anything performance wise to back it up“Said Smith Swimming world in May 2021.
Still, he’s back in the pool and moving on with his Olympic dreams! Here’s what you need to know about one of Team USA’s brightest rising stars.