Conor Dwyer didn't miss his chance at a medal this time.
After Saturday's fourth place finish in the 400-meter freestyle left him off the podium, Dwyer returned Monday to claim bronze in the 200-meter freestyle.
Following the race, he told NBC's Michele Tafoya that it was a "dream come true."
Swimming in lane three, the Winnetka native held off Britain's James Guy by 0.26 seconds to win his first individual Olympics medal. His official time clocked in at 1:45.23. Heavy favorite Yang Sun claimed gold and South Africa's Chad Le Clos took home the silver.
"I'm just happy to be on the podium," Dwyer said. "It's a relief."
Dwyer went to Loyola Academy in Wilmette, where he, shockingly, did not win a state title. He swam at University of Iowa, but transferred to the University of Florida after two years.
At Florida, Dwyer won national titles in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle. He was also honored with NCAA Male Swimmer of the Year in 2010.
Dwyer will wrap up his 2016 Olympics with the 800-meter freestyle relay on Tuesday.
Xfinity’s X1 Olympics Experience — progressing since London’s 2012 Olympics — features new software launching this season to give fans the comprehensive coverage they want.
For the first time, the Xfinity Stream App — a blending of traditional TV with power of the internet to give an at-home and on-the-go 24/7 experience — will be the Olympic fan’s primary resource for coverage on their favorite devices. This means video access for any event, both live and on-demand, no matter where you are.
Also, more than 50 Olympic channels will be offered by X1, including on-demand clips from epic wins, trending highlights and funniest moments of the games. Also, each sport will have its own individual homepage serving as a hub for the respective sport's comprehensive multi-platform content. No matter your preference, the customizable experience can be changed to reflect what each individual fan wants most.
Within the X1 Olympics Experience, there will be helpful, easy-to-use ways to get real-time information in the daily summary page, a one-stop cheat sheet for the biggest news, latest results, medal count and more. With 102 events offered, it’ll help viewers decide their plan of viewing action and stay up-to-date with the latest information.
For more, check out the interview above from Vito Forlenza, who serves as Executive Director, Business Product Management for Comcast Cable.
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Barbra Shimoda said she vividly remembers the first time her son starting skating at the age of 7. She never imagined it would lead to him attending the 2017 Special Olympic Winter World Games.
"Not in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen," Barbra Shimoda said. "We know we have our State Games in Illinois but the World Games—it's just not something you can plan for."
Out of 6,800 Chicago Special Olympic athletes, Tommy Shimoda is the only Chicagoan attending the games. The 24-year-old is headed to Austria in March with six other athletes from Illinois that will be representing Team USA. He will be competing in two speed skating events; the 500-meter race and the 777-meter race.
Shimoda is diagnosed with autism and communicates to others using a voice box. He’s been skating for 17 years and said his biggest inspiration is his brother, Clarke.
"I like speed skating because I get to go fast," Shimoda said. "Since I started training more for the games, my brother said I now skate faster than him."
Shimoda has been preparing for the World Games ever since he found out he would be attending after the State Games last year.
"I have been practicing three times a week," Shimoda said.
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