Fortune: Why is Olympic Swimming So Dominant?

Ryan Lochte and Chuck WielgusIn a recent report by,  the question was asked: Why is Olympic swimming so dominant?

There’s Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, and 520 overall Olympic medals in the sport. USA Swimming can explain why the USA is so dominant in the sport. It has to do with management.

An “excellence study,” which USA Swimming shared exclusively with Fortune, looks at the leadership and structure of America’s swim program and finds that it is the school, and not any individual teacher or student, that drives the success.

“It all starts at the top, with Chuck Wielgus,”  says Ryan Lochte. “We have a system. If you go to other countries, they’re going to say the same, but when it comes down to it, Team USA is just the best. And I think it’s because we have something in our system that we don’t break.”