Get to Know Olympian Lilly King: "Queen of Breaststroke"
Lilly King proved to live up to her name Monday night as she conquered gold in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 104.93 — a new record for the Indiana native.
"It's incredible, just winning a gold medal, and knowing I did it clean," said King, 19, referring to her finger-wagging face off with 2015 Russian champion, Yulia Efimova, who had just been reinstated in the Olympics after a 16-month doping ban.
With her victory, and the sheer confidence that came with it, King has proven to be clean, poised, and also unafraid to stand up for what she believes in. Read on for some facts that shed a little more light on the now-known "Queen of Breaststroke."
1. She won her first state title at age 12
"It was completely unexpected, and that kind of changed my swimming path. It took me to that first moment of self belief where I really thought I could do something with this sport" (USA Swimming)
2. She won her first two events at her first Olympic Trials
Though being new to the Olympic Trials in July, Lilly King won the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to qualify for her first Olympic Team. She finished the 100-meter race in 1:05.20, the fastest time in the world for 2016. (Swimming World)
3. She likes taking the edge off before racing
While King promotes fairness and clean racing, intimidation isn’t something she stands by. "I'd much rather ask someone what’s for dinner," she said. (Swimming World)
4. She comes from a family of swimmers
King's bloodline shows that she was destined for athletic success. Her mother, Ginny, swam for Eastern Kentucky and Illinois State. Her younger brother, Alex, also swims at University of Michigan and runs track. (USA Swimming)
5. She knows a ton of movie quotes
"I'll reference things but no one gets it, I am really the only one who thinks I am funny." (USA Swimming)
6. She's a dog lover
She has one dog, a beagle named Sunshine, but she also told USA Swimming, "If I wasn’t swimming I'd have like 10 dogs."
7. She hates coffee, but loves Coke
Instead of drinking coffee for a kick like most other athletes, King has shared in many interviews that she loves Coke and drinks one before every race.
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