With the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics coming up, talk has already begun about medal count expectations, and USA Swimming’s Chuck Wielgus was asked about expectations.
“There’s always a level of anxiety,” Chuck Wielgus, the executive director of USA Swimming since 1997, told USA Today. “I’d say the level of anxiety is probably higher this time around than any time I’ve been executive director. But there have never been more opportunities for people to step up and make an impact on the Olympic team.”
Track and swimming combined for 53 percent of the country’s medals over the last four Olympics. But at this year’s world championships, swimmers took home 21 medals in Olympic events four fewer thatn in 2011. The track team took home only 18, seven fewer than four years ago.