Meet Leah Smith, 2x Olympic medalist, and now team TYR athlete. With an impressive career and even more promising future, get to know TYR’s newest freestyle specialist below.
What is your favorite TYR Suit?
Definitely, the TYR Women’s Motus Cutoutfit
What is in your training bag on a typical day?
On a typical day, my training bag would have a few practice suits with fun patterns, my cap and goggles, some hair products for my curly hair, headphones to get in the zone, flip-flops and a towel!
What are five things no one knows about you?
1. I have a really good memory.
2. I love to scrapbook.
3. I have a HUGE family with about 50 first cousins and 28 aunts and uncles.
4. I used to only like backstroke because I didn’t want to put my face in the water.
5. My first zone team that I made when I was 10 was in the 50m butterfly.
What are five things that you are thankful for today?
1. I am always thankful for my family.
2. I am thankful that I was blessed with the talent of swimming.
3. I am thankful for my health and good fortune.
4. I am thankful that my friends are so kind and fun.
5. I am thankful that I get to swim as my job!
Motivational words to live by:
To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine
What’s your go-to breakfast?
I love getting smoothies for breakfast! I usually buy or make a smoothie bowl or a yogurt parfait with lots of fruit and/or greens and granola.
What is your greatest athletic accomplishment?
My greatest athletic accomplishment was making the 2016 Rio Olympics and earning two medals there.
What is your great personal accomplishment?
My greatest personal achievement is having made the best friends in the world.
What is the best advice you have received?
The best advice that I have ever received is to find a job that I love to do.
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be and why?
I would definitely be on some sort of cooking show. I love bake-offs and watching them, but I’m not sure I would be that good!
What are your hobbies outside of swimming?
I love to travel, and I LOVE trying new restaurants. I also love to pet every dog I can find.
What is your most memorable race and why?
My most memorable race of my life was probably the 4×200 freestyle relay at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Winning gold with three other amazing girls was the most incredible feeling.
What are three words that describe you as a competitor?
Hardworking, fearless and friendly
What are three words that describe you as a person?
Passionate, driven and always laughing
If you weren’t a swimmer, what would you be doing?
I would probably be doing something within my major, Media Studies.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Feeling so thankful that I had the opportunity last week to see all of the amazing things that the @nicanadadores have been doing in Nicaragua!! ?? They are such a hard-working team made up of kind and selfless people. The sport of swimming has given me so much, and it was so touching to see how swimming has impacted the @nicanadadores lives in such a positive way as well. I was fortunate enough growing up to not have to worry about paying for school or swimming, but many of these young swimmers do not have that luxury. You can help these young swimmers improve in the pool, in the classroom and in their communities by donating to the team or by sponsoring a swimmer. ❤❤❤ If you want to learn more, their website is www.nicanadadores.org ?
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I would like to be working in advertising in about 10 years. I want to make funny commercials one day!
What advice would you give to a young swimmer/triathlete?
Instead of just dreaming, set your goals high and make a plan of action to achieve them.