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Local students receive lessons on swimming and life from Olympic swimmers

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Local middle school students hopped into the pool with five Olympic swimming champs on Monday as part of the "Go for the Gold" program. Local middle school students hopped into the pool with five Olympic swimming champs on Monday as part of the "Go for the Gold" program.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Local middle school students hopped into the pool with five Olympic swimming champs on Monday as part of the "Go for the Gold" program.

The students received a lesson in water safety and swim training.

They also picked up some tips on how to succeed from the athletes.

The athletes competed in the Olympic games between 2004 and 2012 and shared personal stories about how to be your best and reach your goals.

"When I was a kid, I got to meet an Olympian once or twice, so I always remember the impact that had on me. I always hope I can have that impact on somebody else and motivate somebody else," said Olympic swimmer Margaret Hoelzer. 

"Teaching them how to float is one of the most fun parts because you can see the a-ha moment when it clicks and they're sitting by themselves floating in the water," said Olympic swimmer Mark Gangloff. 

The Yum! Brands Foundation, Metro Parks and Kentuckiana Pools put on the event with the Lakeside Seahawks.

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